Shared Reading Group

With Andrew Boatswain through Somerset Recovery College

Shared Reading with ‘The Reader Organisation

During these free Shared Reading sessions, a trained ‘Reader Leader’ reads a novel, short story or poem aloud. The group then talk about what they have heard. Group members are encouraged to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading. Everyone experiences the text in their own way but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves, and others, better.

You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you wish. You do not need to read aloud or speak if you prefer not to – just listen and enjoy the literature.

Leading these sessions is Andrew Boatswain. Andrew is a trained Reader Leader with The Reader Organisation.

These sessions are run by Somerset Recovery College, who run courses for people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, their families and friends, and the professionals who support them.
The Shared Reading group is available, free of charge, to anyone over the age of 18 who is registered as a student with the Somerset Recovery College (registration is also free of charge). To register as a student and/or to book a place on this Shared Reading course, please visit

Every other Tuesday: 10.30pm – 12.30pm

2021 dates:
September: 28th
October: 12th, 26th
November: 9th, 23rd
December: 7th, 21st

For more info and to book
Phone: 07342 063735