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.

For comment, interviews or information, please contact Martin Gallagher-Mitchell: 0151 729 2200

The Latest News

Help isolated older people in your community 

Shared Reading brings a voice to the people who need it most  A national charity based in Liverpool, has today invited applications from across the country, for a new training programme which aims to reduce social isolation and improve the mental health and well-being of older people. Fully-funded for two years, The Reader welcomes applications from community groups, individuals and small organisations who wish …

The Reader to receive Arts Council funding as National Portfolio Organisation

Earlier today The Reader was announced as one of 183 new organisations to receive National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England. The Reader, a national charity based in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, will receive £175,000 per year between 2018 and 2022. This funding will support the charity’s ongoing work to bring the social and health benefits …

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 …

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