Skip navigation to main content

Still Only a Penny for Readings

Written by Emma Walsh, 1st December 2012

It’s become one of the most-anticipated Christmas events in Liverpool: the annual Penny Readings at St. George’s Hall.  Now in its ninth year, The Reader Organisation’s all-singing, all-dancing festive end of year bash welcomes Liverpool-born actor Cathy Tyson and local award-winning writer, Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Jane Davis, founder and director of The Reader, says:

“It’s amazing that we've been doing this for 9 years now. We started in 2004 when Liverpool won the Capital of Culture bid and we wanted to develop an audience for readings during 2008. We needn’t have worried; from the word go we’ve packed out the venue! It is great to welcome so much Liverpool talent to the stage this year – it’s going to be another memorable evening in St. George’s Hall.”

Tyson and Cottrell Boyce will be joined by Louis de Bernières, the author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (made into a film starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz), and readers from the charity’s own award-winning team.  Other performers include Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir and Georgina Aasgaard, a cellist with Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Louis de Bernières says:

“Having appeared in The Reader touring Penny Readings in London and Guernsey, I am delighted to join them at the event’s home in Liverpool for this unmissable festive occasion.”

The Ha’penny Readings, a popular family event, makes another return. Held on the same day at 2.30pm, this event for young readers features music, Santa, comedy capers with Sticky Floor, selected readings for the festive season and special guest, Angela Macmillan, editor of A Little, Aloud for Children.

As tickets are in such high demand for the Penny and Ha’penny Readings, there will be a public raffle to allocate the limited number (only one pair of tickets available for each person).

To enter, please call the Penny Readings Hotline on 07812 238 372 or email, leaving your name and contact details, and specify which event you would like tickets for (the Ha’penny Readings for young people at 2.30pm, or the Penny Readings at 6.30pm). The line is open from 9am Friday 9th November until 5pm Friday 16th November (any calls or emails before or after this time will not be entered into the draw).

Roger Phillips will draw the first two winners of Penny Readings tickets live on air on Radio Merseyside on Wednesday 21 November. All winners will be notified by Friday 23 November.

Event information:

Ha’penny Readings, 2.30pm (doors 2pm), Sunday 9 December 2012, Concert Room, St. George’s Hall (NB: all children must be accompanied by an adult to the event)

Penny Readings, 6.30pm (doors 6pm), Sunday 9th December 2012, Concert Room, St. George’s Hall

For more information, please contact Lizzie Cain: or 0151 207 7228.

Contact us

Get in touch and be part of the story
You can also speak to us on: 0151 729 2200
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.