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 hours...it 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 life...to 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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