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Young City Reads in Worthing

Wonderful news for the kids of Worthing: four years after the
launch in Brighton and Hove, our Young City Reads project plans to give hours of gripping reading and fun to all the kids in our town.

Many classes have already joined in and are waiting with trepidation to start the adventure on World Book Day, it couldn’t have been any other date, could it? For ten weeks these lucky children will share their reading, receive lots of dazzling free activities and will have a laugh with the absurd situations Fizzlebert Stump gets into.

We are not only talking about schools either, the entire town is working together to make this an even bigger event. We are delighted to say that Worthing libraries are happy to welcome class visits, to talk about the book and see the place where our Fizzlebert ends up, after running away from the circus.

We are really pleased that a place like Worthing, with lots of
young families and a great sense of community has this
teachers, spread the word and let’s fun begin.

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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!

CLICK TO NOMINATE US!

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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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