“Very stimulating stuff […] I also think there is something almost therapeutic about the way the group is run – I’d had an awful day on Tuesday and after the group felt much better. I think it’s the considered way the ‘human experience’ is handled which is no doubt a healthy activity [..] there is certainly something bibliotherapeutic going on.”
Mark McCann, Walkden Library Short Stories Reading Group
“You introduced me to a way of reading, questioning, understanding and being receptive to the written word that has made reading, for me, a much more fulfilling experience. Thank you so much.”
Wendy Levy, Reading Rooms in Didsbury (More testimonials)
Read, Think, Talk, Share: Based on the belief that reading is conducive to well-being, The Reading Rooms facilitate an intense and personal exploration of a whole range of issues – literary and otherwise – in a particular work of fiction, shared with other people.
Reading Rooms normally come in a variety of formats, usually 90-minute sessions held weekly, fortnightly or monthly. A brief introductory talk kick-starts each session, leading to a discussion which encourages each reader to share those thoughts that pop into the mind at the time of reading and that we so often wish we could talk about with others. Very often, readers are keen to get on with discussing their reactions as soon as the session starts: the group dictates the path each unique session is to take, under the guidance of the facilitator.
Regular sessions are held in the beautiful Grade II-listed Old Parsonage in Didsbury and in Salford Libraries; while enthusiasts of literature in Spanish meet over coffee at the trendy Chapter One Books, in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, every Thursday morning. The Reading Rooms also run the ‘Club de Lectura’ at Manchester’s Instituto Cervantes, while Reading Rooms Online, which constitute a space where readers from around the world converge to share their experiences of text, are set to revolutionize shared reading. In addition, a new Latin American Literature group has just started, meeting monthly at the Didsbury Parsonage. Also available by arrangement in the comfort of your own home, Reading Rooms create an atmosphere conducive to sharing the experience of thinking about literary works creatively and from a variety of perspectives in a small group.
The Reading Rooms seek to enhance your reading experience, embracing your own personal way of relating to literary texts. They constitute a space where the stresses of everyday life are replaced by relaxing but invigorating intellectual activity, creating a sense of renewed joy in creative and critical thinking that will extend to the rest of your week.