Sunday, 13 March 2011

Reading Allowed

Continuing the library theme, I thought I'd tell you about an evening they held at my local last week.

The idea was that you go along and read out a favourite piece of writing. It could be prose, poetry, anything you like. I went along for several reasons: It sounded interesting, I like to do anything I can to support my library, it cost only £1, wine and nibbles were provided.

I was not disappointed. There were eighteen of us which wasn't bad for a chilly winter's night and the selection of reading material covered a wide range. There were classics such as Rebecca and the poem Kubla Khan. There was a novel called Duncton Wood which is apparently a bit like Watership Down with moles. A lady read out Psalm 23 (King James version). A gentleman read an extract from Spectator In Hell which is about the experiences of British troops in Auschwitz (some of us were not aware there were British soldiers in Auschwitz).

It brought to my attention some pieces of literature which I had forgotten and others which I have never read but may look up in the future. This was a good idea to make more use of our precious library service.


  1. That's such a good idea. I've never noticed our libraries advertising anything like that.

  2. Apparently it has been successful at a few libraries around here. They're planning to do another one in the summer when they expect to get a few more people to turn out. Maybe you should suggest it, Joanne?

  3. Brirlliant idea! I think I'll suggest it to our (very friendly) local library.

  4. What a great idea! It would be interest to see what other people would chose to read out.

  5. It all depends on the enthusiasm of the library staff. If someone is too shy to read out loud they will get someone to do it for you. If you can't find the piece you want to read out they will carry out a search for you. It also helps if there's plenty of wine and Pringles.