If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” 
Rudyard Kipling

The Reader is the leading expert on Shared Reading. We champion the power of reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build resilience in diverse communities across the UK and beyond. Our vision is for Shared Reading to take root in every community in the UK and become part of our national fabric so that everyone, wherever they are, can access a group near them.

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The Reader tackle social isolation amongst elderly in Croydon

Press Release by City Bridge Trust: A charity that brings people together through group reading has been given £88,000 to set up 15 new reading groups in Croydon, with the end goal of expanding into a London-wide network. The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has given £87,996 to The Reader to set up …

Following Storm Doris damage, The Reader’s Storybarn announces new interactive family experience

Last month The Reader was devastated to confirm that the damage Storm Doris inflicted on Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things exhibition at Liverpool ONE was too extensive to allow the experience to continue. Today, the team are thrilled to announce that The Storyhunters, a new family adventure is set to launch …

Work begins to transform Calderstones Mansion into The International Centre for Shared Reading

Until the House is built And then the Props withdraw And adequate, erect, The House supports itself… Emily Dickinson, The Props Assist the House The Reader today announced that work to refurbish and transform Liverpool’s Calderstones Mansion into The International Centre for Shared Reading is underway. The charity, which aims to get great literature into the …

Storm Doris – She huffed, she puffed, she blew our house down

Yesterday was one of the hardest days we’ve ever had at The Reader. As you will have seen on the news, Storm Doris caused significant damage across the Liverpool City Region; at one point the Liverpool Echo reported winds of 100mph at the Port of Liverpool. We are devastated to have to confirm that Michael …

Arriva North West announce special offer and artwork in support of Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things

Arriva North West are proud to be supporting Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things event as travel sponsor. The event, organised by The Reader’s Storybarn, celebrates some of Rosen’s most loved work with interactive exhibitions for children and their families. Located on Thomas Steers Way in the heart of Liverpool ONE the …

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