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Rebuilding the Reading Revolution: Shared Reading Groups Open to All

Written by Francesca Dolan, 23rd September 2021

In-person Shared Reading is returning around the UK as volunteers and group members begin meeting again in local libraries and other community venues. 

So far this month, over 40 groups have got back to reading together in-person, with more looking to re-start over coming weeks.   

Many of the weekly groups meeting face-to-face are already full but the list of groups open to new members is continuing to grow all the time (see below for details). 

Zoe Gilling, The Reader’s Director of Shared Reading Programmes, says: “It’s such a joy to hear that groups are meeting up in person once again to read together.  

“Throughout the pandemic, many of our groups found new ways to keep connected - reading online or over the phone. While some told us they’d like to continue their Shared Reading from the comfort of their own homes, there are others in our community who were just as keen to get back to reading live and aloud in the same room.  

“Shared Reading groups are always free and open to all. It’s thanks to the generous support of our dedicated volunteers and partners, along with our funders Arts Council England, National Lottery Community Fund, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and the Steve Morgan Foundation that The Reader is now able to make Shared Reading available in more ways so that it can reach the communities who need it most.” 

For details of online Shared Reading groups that are currently welcoming new members, please visit our Reading Room website here. 

For details of open groups meeting in-person, with capacity for new members, see the list below.  

If you can’t see a group in your local area or if you have questions about any of the groups below, please email or call 0151 729 2250 and our team will be happy to help.  


In-person Shared Reading Groups  



Sutton Coldfield Library 

Thursdays, 2pm 


Balsall Hill Library

Wednesdays, 10.30am



Lache Library 

Fridays, 10am



Coalville Library 

Tuesdays, 1pm 


Glenfield Library 

Fridays, 10:15am 



Birkdale Community Centre 

Tuesdays, 2pm


Bootle Library 

Fridays, 10:30am  


Liverpool Irish Centre 

Wednesdays, 6pm



Mondays, 2pm (Starting 25 October)

Wednesdays, 11am

Thursdays, 10am


St Nick's Church

Wednesdays, 6pm


Kindfullness Café 

Tuesdays, 2pm


North London 

Salvation Army Hendon 

Mondays, 2pm  


Stephens House and Gardens 

Mondays, 10.30am  


The Flower Station at the Garden Café

Tuesdays, 10.30am (Fortnightly)


West London 

The Clement James Centre 

Wednesdays, 11am 


Dalgarno Trust 

Fridays, 11am 


St. Peter's Church, Notting Hill

Tuesdays, 12.30pm (Starting 19 October)


South London

West Norwood Library

Thursdays, 6.30pm


East London

Salvation Army Hoxton

Tuesdays, 10.30am (Starting 19 October)



QUBE - Oswestry Community Action 

Mondays, 2.30pm  



Bridgwater Library 

Tuesdays, 2pm 


Cheddar Library 

Mondays, 2pm  


Taunton Library 

Mondays, 2pm 


Wells Library 

Fridays, 2pm  



Sudbury Library

Wednesdays, 2pm


North Wales 

Prestatyn Library

Fridays, 11.30am



Atherton Library 

Thursdays, 11.15am


Wigan and Leigh Archives 

Thursdays, 2pm


South Yorkshire 

Rawmrash Library

Wednesdays, 9am

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