Friday, 26 June 2009

Now That's What I Call Reading

Time to Read is a North West based organisation which brings readers, writers, librarians and literature development professionals together.

The organisation's primary focus is to get new readers into libraries, and recently Jane Mathias, the Regional Reader Development co-ordinator, contacted the Preston Writing Network blog to tell us about their latest initiative:

"We have recently launched a Facebook page called NOW that's what I call READING - which is aimed at people who love music, and who might also be encouraged to read. We are doing this as a bit of an experiment to see how successful it is at reaching new readers- encouraging a themed discussion about reading."

Check out the page here - it's full of links along the lines of... 'if you like this band, you'll love this book' and describes itself as: 'a new way to choose books' - there's also a lively discussion board with debates on anything from current reading lists, fibs about books, Morrisey the poet, Glasto and Beth Ditto - not your average bookworms' chat site.

The organisers would love to know what you think - is Now that's what I call Reading just a fad, or a new and interesting way to generate discussion, make books attractive to reluctant readers, and bring writers and readers together for the benefit of both? Comments here or on the facebook page.

Writers interested in getting a profile for themselves on the Time to Read directory - making themselves visible and available to be booked for events, workshops and readings, should click here.

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