What does taking part in a reading group mean to you?

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What does taking part in a reading group mean to you? Share your reading group story today and be entered to win a luxury book hamper!

At The Reading Agency, we’re really keen to find out about all the great UK-wide reading group activity taking place, and we need your help.

If you are involved with a reading group for adults or young people (aged 13 and over), please help us out by completing a short survey and sharing your experiences of taking part in a reading group. Your views will shape the future of Reading Groups for Everyone so we can continue to provide useful support and exciting offers.

At the end of the survey, you can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury hamper full of book goodies for your reading group (prize offer valid UK only). The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Fill in the survey now.


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I read in a shared reading group as a reader leader volunteer for Thereader.org.uk I started as a member and wanted to give something back because it made me feel so much better. Confident and less anxious. I wanted to help others to feel like that and help to show reading can help you to relax and just have some me time is ok .i have grown to love my groups I run 4 different setting groups 2 mental health setting closed and 2 open for anyone to join us anytime. I love all our characters the knowledge the readers bring with them, their stories the fruit platters I put out for them, getting told off for getting the drink order wrong. My adult learners that mix with the regular public group 2 are amazing a massively diverse group but- it works
We are al like friends we are all members I just happen to take the materials along 👍 I provide all refreshments myself lots of fruit and every drink you can think of. You are most welcome to our open group if you would like to send a visitor just message me and I can arrange it with you🌈🌈


Keeping your reading group active while social distancing

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With many people at home with family, flatmates or on their own, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying socially connected, and keeping your regular reading group meetings in your diary, is going to be very important in keeping up morale and supporting everyone’s mental health as we adjust to a new way of living.

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How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.

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Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

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