Shared reading groups

A reading group with a difference

At a shared reading group you can listen to stories and poems being read aloud in a relaxed and informal environmnent.

The groups are run by volunteers from The Reader Organisation with the support of the library service and are:

  • open to anyone who would like to hear literature read aloud in a small informal group setting
  • an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to get together with others
  • led by a facilitator who reads aloud so reading ability isn't important.

We read:

  • short stories
  • poems
  • novels
  • plays

At the group:

  • you don't need to read anything in advance - just turn up
  • there's no pressure to read or take part more than you want or are able to
  • we pause regularly so the group can share their immediate thoughts and responses to what has just been read
  • there's tea, coffee and biscuits


Why should I come?

There are lots benefits, including:

  • continuity: the group meets every week, most weeks of the year
  • inclusivity: everyone is welcome regardless of their ability
  • pressure free: there's no pressure to read aloud or join in so you can contribute as much or as little as you like
  • support: sharing your thoughts about what you've been listening to helps build trust and friendship
  • increased self-esteem: we try to read books that members might not have the confidence to read alone
  • relaxation: being read to is very relaxing and pleasurable


How to join

We run several shared reading groups in local libraries. You don't need to book, just turn up on day.

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