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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 


Perry Common Library 

Friday, 2.15pm


Balsall Heath Library

Wednesdays, 10.30am



Lache Library 

Fridays, 10am



Christchurch Library

Fridays, 10.30am



Bideford Library

Wednesdays, 10.30am (1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month)



Coalville Library 

Tuesdays, 1pm 


Glenfield Library 

Fridays, 10:15am 


Ashby Library 

Mondays, 10.30am


East London

Salvation Army Hoxton

Tuesdays, 10.30am


North London 

Salvation Army Hendon 

Tuesdays, 2pm  


Stephens House and Gardens 

Wednesdays, 2pm 


The Flower Station at the Garden Café

Tuesdays, 10.30am (fortnightly)


South London

West Norwood Library

Thursdays, 6.30pm


Ackroyd Community Centre 

Wednesdays, 2pm


West London 

The Clement James Centre 

Wednesdays, 11am 


Dalgarno Trust 

Fridays, 11am 


St. Peter's Church, Notting Hill

Tuesdays, 12.30pm



Birkdale Community Centre 

Tuesdays, 2pm


Bootle Library 

Fridays, 10:30am  


Liverpool Irish Centre 

Wednesdays, 6pm



Mondays, 2pm

Wednesdays, 11am

Thursdays, 10am


St Nick's Church

Wednesdays, 6pm


Kindfullness Café 

Tuesdays, 2pm


Waterstones Liverpool One 

Fridays, 3pm


Life Rooms Southport 

Mondays, 10am


Strawberry Fields

Wednesdays, 2pm


Widnes Library

Fridays, 10am-11.30am


The Florrie

Thursdays, 1pm - 2.30pm



Withington Library

Wednesdays, 6pm (fortnightly)



Riverside House Library 

Thursdays, 2pm



Hillsborough Library

Tuesdays, 10.30am


Highfield Library

The last Saturday of every month, 2pm



QUBE - Oswestry Community Action 

Mondays, 2.30pm  



Artz Centre

Tuesdays, 2pm (fortnightly)



Bridgwater Library 

Tuesdays, 2pm 


Cheddar Library 

Mondays, 2pm  


Taunton Library 

Mondays, 11am & 2pm 


Wells Library 

Fridays, 2pm  


Wincanton Library

Tuesdays, 2.30pm (fortnightly)


St. Helens 

Moss Bank Library

Tuesdays, 10.30am (fortnightly)


Rainford Library

Mondays, 2pm-3pm (last Monday of each month)



Sudbury Library

Wednesdays, 2pm


North Wales 

Prestatyn Library

Fridays, 11.30am


Wrexham Library 

Tuesdays, 12.30pm



Atherton Library 

Thursdays, 11.15am


Wigan and Leigh Archives 

Thursdays, 2pm



Callister Gardens

Tuesdays, 10am


Oxton Green Community Store

Wednesdays, 10am


St. Mary's Centre

Tuesdays, 10.30am


South Yorkshire 

Rawmrash Library

Wednesdays, 9am

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