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Director of Literature

The Director of Literature ensures that great literature and Shared Reading remain at the heart of The Reader, utterly central to its mission. In this role, you will lead the development of the entire literature programme – setting the tone and tenor of how we read and what we read, and ensuring that the reading of literature feeds the organisational ethos. You will manage 3 Heads of Department within the Directorate across three teams;

  •  Publications – providing staff and volunteers with curated literature for use in Shared Reading as well as championing the work of The Reader to the general public primarily via The Reader magazine and The Reader podcast.
  • Programmes – devising and delivering The Reader’s public events programme at Calderstones and elsewhere including online, weekly community activities and one-off events
  • Teaching and Learning – designing and delivering The Reader’s teaching and learning programmes, developing and nourishing Shared Reading practice across our international network of practitioners. Working directly with the Volunteer Support Team to ensure effective quality assurance for volunteer-led Shared Reading and providing our volunteers with inspirational resources and learning opportunities.

Please download our application pack to view a full job description, application process and application form. Please send completed applications to before 5pm, Friday 28th January 2022.

Based at

The Mansion House, Calderstones Park, L18 3JB


35 hours / 1 FTE (flexible working will be considered)

Rate of pay

£47,000 - £60,000



Reporting to



5pm, Friday 28th January 2022