The Reader

The Reader
07970 247410

The Reader is an award-winning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. We’re here to bring books to life, creating welcoming environments in which personal feeling is recognised and valued, forming vital connections between people and literature through which everyone can feel more alive. Our primary way of doing this is through our innovative shared reading model, bringing people together in weekly groups to listen to poems and stories read aloud. Thoughts and experiences are shared; personal and social connections are made. There is no pressure for anyone to read or even speak because simply listening to the literature and the other group members can be a powerful stimulant. The group leader seeks to create an atmosphere of lively collaboration, which is best felt in the literature itself.

We run shared reading groups in libraries across Somerset. A trained volunteer will read a short story and a poem out loud and open them up for discussion. It’s a great way to meet new people and share thoughts, experiences, and opinions if they feel comfortable to do so. There’s no pressure to read or talk; it’s fine just to sit and listen. Free to attend on a drop-in basis. All reading materials provided, plus free tea and biscuits! Local group times and locations are the following:

Glastonbury Library: Mondays, 11am-12:30pm

Chard Library: Mondays, 1:30-3pm

Taunton Library: Mondays, 2-3:30pm

Cheddar Library: Mondays, 2-3:30pm

Wincanton Library: Tuesdays (fortnightly), 2-3:15pm

Bridgwater Library: Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm

Yeovil Library: Wednesdays, 11am-12:30pm

Wells Library: Fridays, 11am-12:30pm