A new job with The Reader Organisation

There might be a slight change in focus on my blog over the next 18 months as I settle into a new part-time job as a Project Worker for The Reader Organisation.  Part-time because I’m still very much part of my children’s lives  although they are increasingly grateful whenever I leave them to their own devices – and because I am guarding my time to continue to write and submit poems for publication.  I’ll continue to blog about what I’m reading (I think I might be blogging even more about this) and about my writing projects but I won’t be running many writing workshops or courses in the near future.  I’ll keep my poetry blog, And Other Poems, updated although the poems might occasionally be posted on days other than Tuesdays and Fridays.

I am going to be part of the Reading Revolution

I’m excited to be starting a new job and with such a fantastic organisation.  The Reader Organisation describes itself as “a charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading”.  It’s mission is “to build a Reading Revolution”.  This is an enterprise where staff sign off their emails, not by giving their job title after their name but by stating what they’re currently reading.  How wonderful is that?

The Reader Organisation has established the movement of shared reading as a practical way to develop good mental health, increased wellbeing and social inclusion.

After extensive training, some of it in the fabulous city of Liverpool, near to where I was born and home of The Reader Organisation, I’ll be setting up and running four, weekly, Read Aloud Groups for people with dementia in four Wiltshire Libraries.  Read about the research behind this imaginative initiative here.  There is fascinating and uplifting evidence that

For older people and those living with dementia, shared reading groups improve quality of life through cognitive stimulation, social interaction and meaningful engagement each week.

For now, though, I need to prepare for a few days away from home and pack my suitcase, not forgetting a few good books for the journey (I’m currently reading The Third Shore: Chinese and English-Language Poets in Mutual Translation, Ed W.N. Herbert & Yang Lian, published by Shearsman and East China Normal University Press).  Wish me luck!

11 comments

  1. Good luck with the new job. Sounds really wonderful

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    1. Thanks very much, Rebecca. I’m delighted to have been given the job and can’t wait to start :-)

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  2. Great stuff – I’ve been volunteering on a writing project with dementia residents in a care home. It’s been fascinating. Good luck with the new job

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    1. Thanks very much, Gail :-) I’m hoping I’ll be able to apply my experience of running writing workshops in community settings to some of the work. Your project also sounds very interesting.

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  3. Good luck, Josephine. I love The Reader Organisation – saw the ad for the job you have, hope one day they’ll set up in North Yorkshire. Hope you’ll blog about your experiences.

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    1. Thanks very much, Teresa :-) They seem to be going from strength to strength so you might find an opportunity arises soon. Jobs like this don’t crop up in Wiltshire very often so I really had to apply. And, yes, once I’m settled in, I will blog about my experiences!

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  4. Hi Josephine,
    This is great news. I have no knowledge of the Reader organization but it does sound like a good one and you have much to offer, so congrats! and go girl go.

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  5. Good luck Josephine, you’ll be brilliant at it. I know my mum loved having poetry read to her. What a great project to be a part of.

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    1. Thanks, Robin :-) They are a wonderful organisation, I will blog some more about it soon.

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  6. […] been ten days of highs and lows since I took a new, part-time job with The Reader Organisation.  Probably the lowest hours were the five and a half spent travelling up to Liverpool on three, […]

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