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The Reader Organisation – Shared Reading

Group reading online or outdoor. 

Jump to Shared Reading in the Secret Garden |
The Reader Bookshelf online event

Shared Reading Online

Every Tuesday from 1pm, and the first Thursday of the month at 7pm, join us on
Facebook live for an open Shared Reading group from the comfort of your own home.

We’ll be looking at poems and texts that inspire us, reading aloud and offering the chance for listener to share their thoughts and get involved in discussions in the comments.

If you’d like to get involved, head to our page at 1pm and leave a comment to join in. Don’t worry if you’ve never been part of a Shared Reading group at Calderstones, or with The Reader before – as our programme moves online during this time, its the perfect
chance to give it a go.

Follow us on Facebook to be notified when we go live.

Shared Reading in the Secret Garden (book tickets)

  • Tuesdays various times

The literature shared during these sessions will be chosen from our Walking the Earth bookshelf for this year, which explores different and inspiring points of view and walks of life within literature.

To ensure the comfort and safety of everyone, particularly clinically vulnerable group members, we ask that everyone wears a face mask and keeps a two-metre distance from other group members. Please don’t attend if you have a fever, a cough, or feel unwell.

This is an outdoor event with picnic bench seating so be prepared for unexpected weather and wrap up warm. The Secret Garden is wheelchair accessible, for access enquiries please contact us at

Information on non-reading activities can be found

Introduction to the Reader Bookshelf

  • Monday 3pm 10 May 2021, Wednesday 7pm 12 May 2021
  • Zoom. Book free tickets here
  • The Reader Bookshelf FAQs

The Reader Bookshelf is a new initiative that offers the opportunity for our Shared Reading movement to come together with the bookshelf of reading possibilities. The bookshelf – a list of books, stories, poems and more that revolve around this year’s Reader
Theme, Walking The Earth – is in its early stages and we very much welcome your involvement. 

The Reader’s Founder and Director of Literature, Jane Davis, will host an online Q&A where everyone can ask questions, and Jane will open up a few of her favourites from the shelf.

What is Shared Reading?

Shared Reading is a powerful group experience that sparks connection, reflection and discovery. By providing a creative and safe space to explore our inner lives and develop meaningful relationships with others, Shared Reading improves wellbeing and builds

What happens at a Shared Reading group?

In Shared Reading, a Reader Leader shares a piece of great literature with a group of people, bringing the words to life through live reading aloud and discussion. We choose great poems, stories and plays because they offer a powerful language with which
we can explore our inner lives.

Who is Shared Reading for?

Absolutely everyone! We read with people all ages, backgrounds and abilities, everything is read aloud, all our groups are free to attend and everyone is welcome to join in. Whether you’ve been reading all your life or have never picked up a book before,
you’ll find a warm welcome in a Shared Reading group.

How can I access this service?
See the main description
When is this service open?
Shared reading online Every Tuesday from 1pm, and the first Thursday of the month at 7pm on Facebook, in the garden – weekly on Tuesdays, various times. Contact the Reader for reading over the phone
How much will it cost me?
Social media

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What groups of people is this for?
The general public
What age groups is this for?
What areas of the city is this for?
People from anywhere in the city



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Healthwatch Liverpool
Citizens Advice Liverpool