‘I’d like to read more, but what should I read?’ ‘How can I find time to read?’ ‘Do audio books count?’
Chelsea has a new online reading group connecting students and staff who are interested in reading but are unsure what to pick, and others who already enjoy reading and want to share what they love. The emphasis is fostering a community of readers at all levels online.
This lively, informal group meets once a fortnight (Tuesday lunchtimes) and everyone is welcome. Members can opt to read paper copies, e-books or listen to an audio book. There is no pressure to finish before joining in a discussion. It’s fine just to listen!
As well as the set text, the reading group offers a chance to chat to other students and find out what they’ve been reading. For example, a government brochure on the 2021 Census prompted a fantastic discussion on its significance, why it’s mandatory, and how, by taking part, we are all contributing to history.
What We’ve Read so far:
‘My Polish Teacher’s Tie’ by Helen Dunmore
Helen Dunmore’s brilliant short story ‘My Polish Teacher’s Tie’ with its themes of finding your voice and reclaiming a lost identity through language and poetry, struck a chord with our diverse group.
‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit De Waal
Similarly, My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal, has sparked lively discussion over its portrayal of childhood and the care system from the point of view of its nine-year-old narrator.
The group plans to continue online but we may also expand to include in-centre opportunities for discussion after Easter.