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Shared Reading with Derby Book Festival

Shared Reading is a community programme delivered by Derby Book Festival. Our Shared Reading groups aim to improve wellbeing, foster connections, and alleviate feelings of isolation through a shared love of words.

What happens at a Shared Reading session? All kinds of literature is shared: poems, short plays, comedy sketches, song lyrics, diary entries, letters and short stories – anything goes. These friendly and inclusive sessions are guided by trained volunteers. People only read out loud and chat if they want to. Lots of people join our Shared Reading sessions just to listen. Everyone is welcome.

How is the reading material chosen? Volunteers and participants choose the reading material to share at the sessions.

Who would benefit from Shared Reading? Anyone can benefit, but particularly people looking for new groups to join, or who’d like an introduction to different types of literature, or would like to make new friends.

See our website for details of our free, regular Shared Reading groups in Derby. Everyone is welcome. No need to book. 

Want to know more or become a Shared Reading volunteer? Email us at: 

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