Open Belfast sessions for Reading Rooms in September and October

Verbal’s Reading Rooms is bringing its popular shared reading sessions to Belfast for four special events, open to all. Come along and listen to poems and stories from our trained facilitators, inviting you to respond and share your own experiences. We’ve had lots of people asking how they can experience one of our reading sessions: now here are four great opportunities to get involved!

Reading Rooms Goes Mobile – Culture Night Belfast
Friday 22nd September, Writers Square, Donegall Street, Belfast, 2 – 10pm

Climb aboard the Reading Rooms bus, leave the hustle and bustle behind outside, and step into the world of stories and come on an adventure!. No booking required. All Families welcome.

Reading Rooms Goes Mobile – Silver Sunday
Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Sunday 1st October, 2 – 4pm 
Silver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. Led by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, it celebrates the value and knowledge older people contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation. The Reading Room bus will be parked up for stories and poems, short pieces celebrating age. This event is in association with Belfast City Council’s Age Friendly Belfast.

Reading Rooms – Older People
Eason, Donegall Place, Belfast, Wednesday 11th October 10 – 11.30am
Open to Older People – Bring a friend if you like. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL please call 028 71 266 946 to reserve a place. This is an opportunity to join children from Seaview Primary School in a Reading Room to explore the theme of grandparents, memories and dementia. This session will include an arts activity.

Reading Rooms at Poppies: Weeping Window
Ulster Museum, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, 22nd October 11 – 4pm
The Reading Rooms Bus will be open for stories and poems from 11.00am until 4.00pm linked to the theme of war to accompany the awe-inspirng Poppies: Weeping Window installation at Belfast International Arts Festival. This is a unique chance to hear some of this great literature, particularly the poetry from WWI. Come on board, listen and join in the conversation. This is an event for all ages. We particularly welcome inter-generational parties. Literature will be targeted at the appropriate age levels present for each session, with readings from poems, picture books, etc. on the theme of WWI.

Roughly 10 million soldiers lost their lives in World War I, along with seven million civilians. Writers and poets responded to the brutalities and losses in new ways. From stories and poems written in the trenches to elegies for the dead, these seminal works help to commemorate the Great War. Just months before his death in 1918, English poet Wilfred Owen famously wrote, “This book is not about heroes. English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except War. Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War.”

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