According to The Reader, a national charity based in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park who runs the space, we are on the cusp of a reading revolution.
Following the announcement and opening of the UK's first Community Shared Reading Space in Birkenhead Central Library this month we caught up with volunteers and group members from Wirral's shared reading groups.
Increasingly, research is uncovering an intimate connection between reading and wellbeing. More specifically, the seemingly simple act of being read to brings remarkable health and happiness benefits.
It stimulates thought and memory, encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears.
Here are the top five shared reading picks from reading group members in Wirral:
- Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
- Dombey and Son – Charles Dickens
- Othello – William Shakespeare
- Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishigiro
- A Little, Aloud – edited by Angela MacMillan - this last one is ‘an anthology of prose and poetry for reading aloud to someone you care for’.
Groups are free and open to all, normally last an hour or an hour and a half, and run every week in local community spaces. To learn more about the Community Shared Reading Space, click here.