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The Mansion House is home to the International Centre for Shared Reading – a centre of excellence that is open to anyone who wants to begin or develop their Shared Reading practice.

Opened in 2019, the International Centre for Shared Reading welcomes visitors from all over the world (and closer to home) who want to be part of the Reading Revolution.

We’ve already trained hundreds of people from across the world to Read to Lead in their own countries since we launched our flagship training programme in 2008, as well as having more than 10 international partnerships.

Find out more about International Shared Reading here.


Swiss TV Kulturplatz documentary featuring the work of The Reader aired November 2021.

Join us for the International Shared Reading Conference 2024

10th October 9am- 5.30pm

This event is for anyone from overseas who is interested in our work. Whether you’re completely new to Shared Reading or an experienced Reader Leader already, our doors are open, and the welcome is warm!  

Meet with other readers interested in the benefits of reading and wellbeing as well as meeting those already delivering Shared Reading in their own countries in a variety of settings. There’s something for everyone, from sharing best practice to getting to know more about The Reader, our work and research, and how we can all work together more.

Our home is located in Liverpool’s beautiful and historic Calderstones Park. There’ll be opportunity to explore the Mansion House and the Storybarn – our dedicated playspace for children – and choose an area of our work you would like to find more about (children and young people, mental health and criminal justice and those living with dementia). 

There will also be plenty of Shared Reading, refreshments and the opportunity to meet our Director of Literature, Katie Clark, Dr Grace Frame, Dr Esther Harsh and Dirk Terryn from Het Lezerscollectief. 

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