I Am A Reader

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Calling all readers!

We're embarking on an exciting project to explore and celebrate the creativity of reading. Whatever types of books you read, from crime novels to literary fiction to fantasy to thrillers, and whatever format you read them in, be it the written page or eBook or eAudio, we believe all readers play a real part in bringing stories to life.

To help us explore and celebrate the role of the reader, I Am A Reader will bring a range of opportunities for readers to share their thoughts on, and experiences of, reading with us 

The first part of the project is already underway, with groups of adult readers working with six acclaimed authors. As well as talking about their personal approaches to reading, they are also co-commissioning a brand new story, created by the writer for, and with input from, the group. 

Three of the groups involve specific audiences, including neurodiverse readersBroxtowe Women's Project, and readers based in West Notts for our place-based group at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library. A further three general groups meet on Zoom.

We are now widening the reading conversation to reach even more readers. Look out on social media and in your libraries for ways to get involved. If you would like to receive email updates about I Am A Reader, our email newsletter for book lovers Love Reading and other book related news to your inbox, simply sign up to our email lists now and select Books and Reading as one of your preferences.

About the I Am A Reader groups

Our groups of readers will take part in three online group Zoom sessions led by one of our brilliant I Am A Reader authors. Our West Notts place-based Readers Group will take place in person at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, but the sessions will follow the same format. 

Session one: In the first session, they'll meet their writer and talk about reading. The session will be relaxed and informal and a great chance to meet other book lovers as well as getting to know a published author. We'll talk about things like how you read and why, what you see/hear/feel when you read, whether you think you're being creative, and more. There are no right or wrong answers, we just want to find out about all types of reader.

This session will take place in late January.

Session two: In this session, your writer will find out what the groups want from the story they're going to write for them. Readers will be a real part of creating a new story from the start.

This session will take place in February.

Session three: In the final session, the groups will come together with their writer to give feedback on the final story.  This session will take place in May.

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What happens after the sessions?

All the stories produced will be published in a beautiful anthology which will be illustrated by our wonderful I Am A Reader artist  Everyone who takes part in I Am A Reader will receive their own copy, and it will also be available to borrow in libraries.

During the session, a member of our team will take notes so that we can gather thoughts and insights about reading from readers themselves (all  notes will be anonymous). Not only will this help us and other reading organisations understand readers better, and find new ways to engage with them, the insights will also be given to our artist to help inspire a series of illustrations that bring the reading experience to life. These artworks will form part of an exciting touring exhibition which will tour library galleries.

I Am A Reader: General Readers Groups

The deadline for applications for our general groups has now passed. Look out in the new year for other ways to get involved in I Am A Reader.

I Am A Reader: West Notts Place-Based Readers Group

Our West Notts Readers Group will meet in person at Kirkby-in-Ashfield library. This group is for readers from Kirkby-in-Ashfield and the wider West Notts area. The deadline for applications for this group has now passed. Look out in the new year for other ways to get involved in I Am A Reader.

The first two sessions are: Saturday 22 January and Saturday 5 February, at 10.30am - 12.30pm.  

I Am A Reader: Neurodiverse Readers Group

You can find out more about the Neurodiverse Readers' Group here.  The deadline for applications has now passed and the group is full. 

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