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The Reader magazine is the voice of The Reader, a national charity bringing about a Reading Revolution so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which we believe is a tool for helping humans survive and live well. Through our global Shared Reading movement, powered by 1,000 volunteers and many partnerships, we bring thousands of people together every month through weekly reading aloud groups. We use literature to connect people to themselves and others, develop a shared language for our inner lives, and spark the social and personal change needed in the world.

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Though we will no longer publish brand new fiction and poetry in the magazine, in the regular section called ‘A Little, Aloud’ we will showcase the stories and poems that are being used in Shared Reading groups around the country, alongside responses to the text from some of those groups. And in every issue, we’ll hear from Reader Leaders or staff members writing about the joys and challenges of running a group.

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The Reader Magazine is kindly supported by Arts Council England.

Issue 71

Issue 71 Includes contributions from voracious reader (and Oscar-winning director) Danny Boyle and The Reader’s founder and director Jane Davis, as well as our regular features and interviews.

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