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A Reading Revolution: Coming to Scotland?

Reading is at the center of our lives. The library is our brain. Without the library, you have no civilization. ~ Ray Bradbury

I was down in England for a conference last week, on reading for well-being.  It was organised by the Reader Organisation: if you haven’t heard about them and the work they do to promote shared / social reading, do check out their site… lots and lots of interesting stuff on there. This is how they describe what they do:

We work to turn reading from an occasional solitary activity into a regular shared experience, bringing people together to read aloud, encouraging them to engage with literature and with each other

The strapline of the organisation is: bringing about a reading revolution.

Kind of irresistible isn’t it? ;-)

At the moment the Reader isn’t really active in Scotland… though there may be other similar organisations doing something similar but different maybe?

I can’t help thinking this is something that would be really good to see more of north of the border, and I’ll certainly be exploring ways I can contribute to that… This post being part of it, really just to put out a feeler to see if anyone is interested, is already doing things on these lines, or would like to do more.  If so, please do drop me a line it’s -  joanna [@] - or say hello in the comment box.

Those of you in other wonderful parts of the world: do you have experience of shared or social reading?  Maybe even a bit of a reading revolution?  ;-)

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  1. Annette Gendler
    Twitter: AnnetteGendler

    Neat idea, yes, to read out loud to each other. I really only do that with my 10-year-old son when he has a chapter book to read for school that he isn’t into - then we alternate, he reads a few pages, then I read a few pages, and inevitably he makes progress and gets into the book.

  2. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Annette Gendler,

    It’s a great way to learn and connect isn’t it? Some of my happiest childhood memories are about reading, both on my own, and shared.