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We are currently planning a hybrid Festival with a mix of live, live streamed, recorded and virtual events from 27 May – 5 June 2021. If the government’s Roadmap goes to plan and the four conditions are met, our venues will start to reopen from 17 May and we plan to host live Festival events.

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Shared Reading increases well-being by connecting people in a range of settings to share, listen and talk about poems and stories.

Our Shared Reading project is now in its fourth year and we are delighted to have been successful in gaining funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to enable us to expand across Derby and Derbyshire. 

In our Shared Reading sessions poems, short stories and novels are read aloud together in groups. The sessions are interactive, allowing members to share and discuss personal responses to what is being read. People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from Shared Reading. Shared Reading creates a safe, supportive and relaxed environment which fosters a sense of well-being, enjoyment and connectedness. This can lead to improved confidence, reduced social isolation and stronger more supportive communities.

The Lottery funding has enabled us to set up new groups at a variety of Derby venues including the YMCA, Riverside Library and St James’ Centre. We are excited to be planning further new groups in a range of settings during 2020.

We have recently started Shared Reading Open Access sessions on Zoom for anyone to join.  If you would like to take part, or want to find out more, email us at the address below.

To find out more about Shared Reading: how to become a volunteer or if you'd like to enquire about setting up a new group, email: