National Poetry Day 2020

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For National Poetry Day 2020 on 1 October, we’re offering one lucky group the chance to receive all ten of our recommended poetry books!

These books have been chosen especially for reading group; some are single-author collections, some are selections of many decade’s work. Some are anthologies which contain poems from a range of contemporary writers, others take a more historical view. There is no wrong or right way to approach poetry, or to appreciate and discuss it, just dive in and enjoy it!

This offer is available to all reading groups, whether or not you regularly discuss poetry.

The books will be sent out for you to share, read and review over August and September.


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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