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The HandleBards Present: Twelfth Night 

If music be the food of love, cycle on…   Written by William Shakespeare | Directed by James Farrell  The hugely…

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Featured Poems

Featured Poem: A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson

This week, The Reader's Rab Ferguson reads 'A Portable Paradise' by Roger Robinson. A Portable Paradise  And if I speak…

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Featured Poems

Celebrate #NationalPoetryMonth with The Reader’s BSL ‘Featured Poems’

For a number of years, The Reader ran a Shared Reading group at the John Denmark Unit, which offers special…

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Be Part of the Story – Volunteer with Us 

Be Part of the Story – Volunteer with Us  Can you help rebuild the Reading Revolution and make a difference…

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Shared Reading

Shared Reading Against Racism – How can we use Shared Reading to open up a conversation on racism? 

What part can The Reader play to end racism in the world, in a way that is authentic and meaningful?…

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Literature

April’s Stories and Poems

Spring is the season of looking out for and finding the new, and it’s this theme of newness that runs…

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Daily Readings

Featured Poem: The Candle Indoors by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The theme of this year’s bookshelf is Light and Darkness – which I chose with a few colleagues a good…

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Calderstones

The Reader at Calderstones unveils biggest ever spring season 

The wide-ranging programme of reading, wellbeing and heritage events aims to provide people with more opportunities to share the same…

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Featured Poems

World Poetry Day – Featured Poem: The Valley Wind by Lu Yün (BSL)

Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic…

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Calderstones

Become a Volunteer Community Curator at Calderstones. 

Can you help unearth challenging connections between Calderstones and the transatlantic slave trade?  Thanks to players of The National Lottery,…

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Literature

March Stories and Poems

International Women’s Day is taking place on Tuesday 8 March, this year with the theme #BreakTheBias. We’re marking this global…

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Featured Poems

Featured Poem: Sonnet 64 by William Shakespeare

Today's Featured Poem is brought to you by The Reader's Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Spurgin. She reads 'Sonnet 64' by William…

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