Reading Rooms continues its legacy in Hull City of Culture

Verbal’s Reading Rooms is a reading aloud and shared reading programme that gives participants a voice, reduces isolation and anxiety, and promotes wellbeing.

Originally established as part of Derry/Londonderry’s UK City of Culture in 2013, Verbal has extended its legacy to the current CoC, Hull, with a programme delivered throughout the city by Hull Libraries during 2017. Three weekly free open sessions are currently available for anyone to listen, share and enjoy literature and poetry at libraries in the city.

Reading Rooms Hull also recently visited Elm Tree Court in Hull, run by the HICA group, a not-for-profit organisation delivering high quality care, housing & support solutions to older people and people with a learning difficulty.

Hull Centre Library also runs a Conversation Cafe, an informal gather aiming at ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners, for people to improve their English through conversation and games. Meeting regularly, their sessions in late November and December will host Reading Rooms. The Conversation Café started off as ‘Unfolding Stories’, an innovative and creative ten-week English language course at Hull Central Library, using conversations, stories, arts, creativity and imagination to improve English language skills. Reading Rooms is delighted to be part of this continuing opportunity to learn, share and discover stories, make friends, read a book and have fun.

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