This blog features information about and creative work by bibliotherapy reading groups — groups which meet for shared reading and discussion as ‘an active way to improve wellbeing, build stronger communities and extend reading pleasure‘ — set up by Dr. Sam Durrant, School of English, University of Leeds. Sam started an experimental group in 2010 in partnership with SOLACE, a charity based in Leeds which supports survivors of persectution. The success of this group has led to the establishment of other groups. Dr Rachel Webster, a lecturer at North Lindsey College, currently runs a group at Leeds Central Library.
Dr Christine Chettle runs a reading group in partnership with Leeds STAR (Student Action for Refugees) at the Little London Community Centre, Leeds. A third group, led by Dr Helen Kingstone (Post-doctoral Research Associate at Leeds Trinity) and April Geers (School of English PhD student), runs in conjunction with the Compton Road Library in Harehills, Leeds.
A fourth group, led by Ruth Daly (School of English PhD student), has just been started in conjunction with Armley Library.