Nominate CITY READS for Community Event of the year

The Argus Community Stars Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people and organisations across Sussex – celebrating individuals, charities and organisations who have worked hard to bring communities across Brighton & Hove together in positive ways.

Here at City Reads, we believe that in the last eleven (yes, eleven) years, we have: championed some great books (that might not have been widely read without our help), hosted fun, interesting and accessible events inspired by themes found in the text, but most of all, brought people together to discuss books and reading in sociable settings.

We have encourage meet ups through our work with book groups in libraries across Brighton & Hove – attracting those learning English as a new language, those who want to read different genres and those who just love reading and having a cup of tea!

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Young City Reads to introduce Arts Award Discover

Collected Works have successfully secured investment support from Artswork to embed Arts Award Discover accreditation into our annual Young City Reads initiative.

Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey. Its unique qualification supports young people to develop as artists and art leaders by exploring and improving their creativity, leadership and communication skills. Open to anyone aged up to 25, Arts Award aim to help young people learn to work independently and help to prepare them for further education and employment.

Young City Reads is an annual ‘big read’ for primary school children across Brighton & Hove and beyond. The concept is simple: each year, between March and May, one book, by one author is selected for children and young people to read, explore, discuss and creatively engage with. By embedding Arts Award within this initiative, it will add great value to the project and encourage participation from a wider range of schools and their teachers.

Over time, Collected Works will create and distribute high-quality Arts Award based resources that encourage young people to engage with an arts activity such as shared reading, drama workshops or writing and illustration activities. Throughout the ten weeks of the project, young people can explore connections in the wider context, this can include the work of linked writers and creatives working during a similar period and sharing these findings and knowledge with other schools and each other.

Furthermore, Collected Works will be able to use Arts Award to strengthen their relationships with current partners Brighton & Hove Libraries, Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd and Root Experience, an arts organisation specialising in drama workshops. By working closely with our friends, we will be able to shape and develop how each stage of Young City Reads can be improved and to ensure activities follow and remain true to the Arts Award goals.

We are incredibly proud to have secured this investment and can’t wait to get started!

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City Reads 2016 concludes with Paul McVeigh in conversation

 

After two months since its launch – and a whole host of events, from talks and screenings to quizzes and essential whiskey-tasting – Sunday afternoon saw City Reads 2016 come to an end with one final stop on our journey with The Good Son: author Paul McVeigh in conversation with fellow Brightonian, writer Laura Lockington at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. Throughout the discussion and post-conversation Q & A, Laura and audience members questioned Paul on his inspiration for the book, the extent to which it might be considered autobiographical, and especially what it was really like growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland as a young boy.

READ THE ARGUS’ FIVE STAR REVIEW OF THE EVENT HERE

Following on from a couple of lively and humorous readings from the book by Paul –and amid a lot of laughter – Laura and the audience managed to tease from the author just how much of himself he saw in Mickey; how many of Mickey’s experiences in the book are based on his own; and one (potential spoiler!) savvy audience member even got Paul to explain what was meant by that ending! Like City Reads itself the hour-long event was over too soon, but fortunately Paul stuck around for an informal chat afterwards with attendees who wanted to hear a bit more – and get their book signed whilst they had the chance! For those of us who still haven’t
finished The Good Son we have that, at least, to look forward to. For everyone else – we hope you’ll be around to join us for City Reads 2017; the wait until next year starts now…

John Attridge, City Reads Volunteer

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Shared Reading Group at First Base

Since September 2015, with support from The People’s Health Trust, Collected Works CIC has been running a shared reading group at the First Base Centre: a space (run by BHT) that offers a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city. All material is read aloud, so even participants with poor or no literacy are able to take part. Readers in the group have taken part in our largest reading project: City Reads. Enjoying last year’s book, The Humans by Matt Haig and the current 2016 book: Paul McVeigh’s The Good Son.

The reading group is run on a weekly basis. Over the two year project, the aim is to encourage participants to add their own ideas to a group toolkit – so it becomes a living resource they can use. We will also offer training to group members, supporting them to ‘try out’ facilitating a session, so the group can continue as a peer led activity at First Base, after the two year funding comes to an end.

Visit our SHARED READING page to discover more about our work with readers across the City and beyond.

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Shared Reading Taster Sessions 2016


We were delighted to be awarded some funding by West Sussex County Council recently to deliver some Shared Reading Taster sessions at libraries across West Sussex. The idea is for West Sussex Library Service to then follow up on these sessions to launch several shared reading groups at Libraries in the region.

It’s been such an inspiring experience so far. We have delivered workshops in Crawley and Horsham meeting readers of all ages. The groups are a fantastic social opportunity to meet new faces and to read books you may never have chosen yourself. It keeps your imagination running wild and your mind fresh with discussion!

If you’d like to find out more about these new shared reading groups in West Sussex (which will be launching in Sept/Oct 2016) contact Principal Librarian: Jackie Manners –

jackie.manners@westsussex.gov.uk | 0330 222 4767

 

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