The Reader is an award-winning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. We’re here to bring books to life, creating welcoming environments in which personal feeling is recognised and valued, forming vital connections between people and literature through which everyone can feel more alive.
Our ethos and purpose were originally forged in our shared reading groups, which is where most of our activity still takes place. But we are now working in other areas of communal life, and our purpose shines through in our Café, Ice Cream Parlour and interactive children's centre, The Storybarn, on our allotment, in a community play, at a public reading or even at a conker festival. Whatever we do, we do with brio, with care for people and with commitment to detail at every level.
To find out more about shared reading and our ambitions for it, visit the What We Do And Why section.
The Reader magazine offers a mix of new poetry and fiction, classic and neglected works and interviews with leading literary figures.
Share the joy of reading aloud with our poetry and short story anthologies
Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson, born on this day 1830. https://t.co/APn2uf3Xmh - 14h ago
Vacancy: Story Hunters required for Michael Rosen's Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things experience. Full details… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… - 9 Dec ago
On this day 1854, Alfred Lord Tennyson published his famous narrative poem The Charge of the Light Brigade https://t.co/6psYbPHucP - 9 Dec ago
"A good book is precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed & treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life" Jo… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… - 9 Dec ago
This course is the second part of a course that began in September 2016. There’s no need to have com
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