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Featured Poem: Lines by Thomas Hood

Our Featured Poem for February is 'Lines' by Thomas Hood, selected and read by Frances. Lines by Thomas Hood Let…

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The Reader's head chef Jeff Gardner leans against a window frame and smiles at the camera
Calderstones

Meet Jeff the Chef

Jeff Gardner is Executive Chef at The Reader and creates the delicious menus for the Cafe, Garden Parties and private…

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Storyhunter Beans on Toast and staff member Mary Crotty sat inside the Storybarn waving at the camera
Children and Young People

‘I Want My Hat Back’ The Storybarn reads along with BSL

We love welcoming new friends to our magical children’s play space the Storybarn in Calderstones Park for Birthday Parties and…

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Literature

February’s Stories and Poems

February’s selection of stories, extracts and poems have been chosen on the theme of ‘Making connections’. We spend so much…

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Shared Reading
Reader Stories

“It’s been a huge part of my recovery.” – A Reader Story from Damien John Kelly House

In September 2021, a group of men from Damien John Kelly House – an abstinence-based recovery living centre for adult…

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Courage Out Loud
Children and Young People

The Storybarn Selects… From The Reader Bookshelf

We're continuing to delve into the Children and Young People's Reader Bookshelf with a review of Joseph Coelho's 25 Poems of Power…

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Reader Stories

“It’s completely accessible to everybody” – Reader Stories from Bradbury Fields

Bradbury Fields is a charity in Liverpool which works with blind and partially sighted people, and The Reader deliver a…

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The Reader Bookshelf

From the Bookshelf: A Year With Rilke

Our 'From the Bookshelf' piece for January  explores the collection A Year With Rilke, and was written by Lisa Spurgin.…

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Fairy Liquid
Children and Young People

Storyhunters Hunted: Fairy Liquid

We're making it our mission to track down all of our wonderful Storyhunters and find out a little more about…

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Daily Readings

Featured Poem: Love by George Herbert

The Featured Poem for January is Love by George Herbert and is from the anthology Stressed, Unstressed and is read by…

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Literature

January’s Monthly Stories and Poems

Settling into a new year can often come with lots of feelings and emotions – excitement about new opportunities, along…

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Little Princess
Children and Young People

The Storybarn Selects… From The Reader Bookshelf

We're continuing to delve into the Children and Young People's Reader Bookshelf with a review of Frances Hodgson Burnett's  The Little…

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