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Our shared reading groups reach thousands of people on a weekly basis, from all ages, backgrounds, abilities and walks of life, across the UK and beyond.

They meet in diverse settings – community centres to care homes, libraries to supermarkets, schools and universities, hospitals, prisons and probation centres, mental health day centres and corporate boardrooms – but are all united in the sharing of great literature.

"Being part of a group is special – it’s a bit more than just reading a book.  I was never a great reader beforehand, but this group is something that I have become attached to; it means a lot to me to be part of it and it has helped me in my life outside the group as well."


"I found that, at a very dark time in my life, literature shone a light back into those dark corners and recesses, so thank you."


“I think everyone should come and not be scared off – it’s for everybody! Literature is for everybody! It’s helped my confidence more than you can imagine!”


"I LOVE the reading group -  it’s done so much for me, it really has. It’s been my salvation."


"I do like to be read to because I think it’s marvellous. It’s something that costs nothing, but you get real pleasure."


"For many years I have had a lot of pain in my body, but when I am in the group the reading and sharing of stories helps me to focus my mind away from the physical pain and forget about it for a couple of kind of lifts you out of the pain."


"It has restored my love of literature. It has brought me back to a time before everything went wrong in my when I felt intelligent"


"The story being read out loud means that you don't miss anything, it makes everything alive in the room."

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