What Literature Can Do: An investigation into the effectiveness of Shared Reading as a whole population health intervention

Investigating the impact of Shared Reading on mental health and well-being in the four boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. 

One Shared Reading group member says that literature is not just “talking about” feelings, but actually “doing feelings” – getting into them and re-experiencing them in another form. Shared Reading is about re-experiencing life from off the page, and as a result, being useful to the lives of it’s group members.

Davis, P., Magee, F., Koleva, K., Tangeras, T.M., Hill, E., Baker, H., and Crane, L. (2016)

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