Reading Rooms Current Reads: Nov ’16

We take a look at some of the books, stories and poems currently being enjoying in Verbal’s various Reading Rooms shared reading groups.

The Young at Heart Group based in Derry Well Woman enjoy the story “Go Back” by Karen Joy Fowler and the poem “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost. We had a great conversation about how necessary it is to “go back” and revisit events in our lives, even if they are difficult as well as how we actually remember these events and what the triggers can be. The poem evoked a great discussion on global warming and how we all need “to do our bit” for those coming after us if nothing else. Reader Sinead Devine was accompanied by two new volunteers Megan and Carla. Carla is working as an intern through Ulster University where she is studying for her English Literature degree.

We had a great Reading Rooms session in Easons Belfast this afternoon as part of Positive Ageing Month, with members of the Upper Andersontown Community Forum. Our volunteer facilitator Mary Fitzpatrick lead the room through readings of the poem ‘Signs‘ by Gjertrud Schnackenberg, and a short story, ‘Mr Green‘, by Robert Olen Butler. ‘Mr Green’ solicited an excellent discussion on how we pay our respects to the end, culture differences in funeral arrangements and mourning, and how previous generations did not have women attending funerals or being at the graveside, which resonated with many of our attendees. On a lighter note, Mary did an excellent impression of a parrot (the title character), and brought her own little fancy bell to tinkle when the conversation got out of hand!

On the 20th October, Verbal and Eason welcome a group of young students from the Model Primary School to meet and listen to Tallaght born author Nicola Pierce. Nicola shared with the group her new book “Kings of the Boyne” and previous works including “Spirit of the Titanic” which the students are looking forward to reading after Christmas in school.

At Little Legends, the children read Funny Bones (by Janet and Allen Ahlberg), where we made our own skeleton masks and sang a Witchey song; I Want to Eat Your Books (by Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker) where we read about the book eating Zombie and Mummies and created our own Mummies; Charlie’s Superhero Underpants (by Paul Bright and Lee Wildish), where everyone dressed up as superheros, did the superman dance and even made our own little superheroes to take home!!!!! The Little Legends also learnt How To Hide A Lion From Grandma (by Helen Stephens)… CS Lewis would approve.


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