A new-style reading group for Bruton
A brand new type of reading group, sponsored by The Royal Literary Fund, is being set up
in Bruton. Led by professional writer Helena Drysdale, the Reading Round will meet on
Tuesday evenings from 6-7.30pm during school terms, starting on September 12th.
The Reading Round is different from traditional book groups, because there’s no extra
reading or other ‘homework’ outside the sessions. Each week the group will listen to and
discuss two or three pieces of published writing chosen and introduced by Helena. It
would be a short story, poem, or piece of non-fiction – perhaps a speech.
Another unique aspect of the Reading Round is that the groups are led by professional,
published authors. However, group members come from a range of backgrounds. No
knowledge of literature is needed; all that’s required is a willingness to talk and listen.
Often we read a poem, and think, “That’s interesting, but I will think about it some other
time.” The Reading Round provides that opportunity. It’s about taking time to explore
words and meaning deeply.
It is for people who work at least some of the time from home, in whatever capacity,
because they can feel isolated and in need of diversion. The point of the group is to
explore some of the most exciting writing around, but it’s also about coming together with
like-minded people in a friendly and stimulating environment as a change from the
seclusion of working alone. Entry is free.
Bruton is lucky to be selected as one of a few locations in the UK where the special
reading groups will run this year.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity, sign up for a place, or ask further
questions, contact Helena on or phone 07807 011262
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