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‘You’re digging deep into yourself’- Camilla’s Reader Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee. 'George’s voice became deeper… “Guys like us, that work on ranches,…

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‘I am learning: I can compare what is happening in the book to my own culture’ – Nisha’s Reader Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee.   "Tell about the house, George," Lennie begged.  "Sure, we'd…

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“All you have to bring is yourself” – Tassie’s Reader Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee. Tassie was part of a Shared Reading group that took place…

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Yvonne’s Story: “It’s like a therapy for your mind. It relaxes your mind to have something different to think about.”

Yvonne moved to England from Jamaica in the 1970s and worked as a nurse for many years. She joined a telephone Shared Reading group…

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“I wasn’t expecting to feel moved by a poem” – Patricia’s Reader Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee. Patricia is a Shared Reading group member who attended a…

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“This is something real that we all believe in.” – Jane’s Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee. Jane is a volunteer Reader Leader and Shared Reading group…

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Carrina’s Story: “it’s different, personal and wonderful all at the same time.”

Carrina has been volunteering with The Reader since 2019. She lives in London and has been helping out on our…

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“It Has Become My One Opening To The World” – Peter’s Story

Peter has been attending a Shared Reading group in his local library for two years. Here is what he says…

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‘It’s Good To Have Something Which Means Something To Me’ – Callam’s Story

Callam was recommended to try shared reading by his occupational therapist. He has attended the group for almost a year…

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‘I can honestly say my mental health has improved more from this than all the medical assistance put together.’

Damien has been reading with us on the Wirral for more than a decade. Here he tells us why. The…

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‘I will never forget Alan and Jo, and the camaraderie they shared through reading together’

Leonie is a volunteer for The Reader in North Derbyshire, reading in a sheltered housing space in Chesterfield. In this…

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‘I’ve been amazed – truly blown away’ – Catherine’s Reader Story

Catherine is a volunteer for The Reader in the North West, reading predominantly with older people in care homes. In…

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