The Reader Organisation’s National Conference 2014

Better with a Book: Exploring the Relationship between Literature and Mental Health’

This event took place Thursday May 15th, 2014

The Reader Organisation’s fifth annual national conference will explore how their shared reading model uses literature to improve mental health, reduce social isolation and enhance quality of life. Shared reading groups currently take place every week in health, criminal justice, community, and education settings across the UK, providing individuals of all ages and backgrounds with the tools to transform their relationship to themselves and one another.   “I forget about everything putting pressure on me and go into the book.” Looked after child, 10, Merseyside   The Reader Organisation works extensively with children and young people to encourage a life-long love of reading, developing confidence, self-esteem and relationships with peers, as well as establishing a culture of shared reading amongst parents, carers and teachers.   “Our children thoroughly look forward to the time spent reading…they have shown far more interest in reading in class and in taking books home to read.  They have grown in confidence and have been able to contribute to class discussions on a level never seen before with these children.” Marie Hamilton, Principal Teacher, St Anne’s Primary School, Glasgow    This conference offers an opportunity for commissioners, practitioners and professionals from all sectors to examine the impact of shared reading on individuals, communities and organisations.   Programme Information   Dr Alice Sullivan, co-author of 'Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading' (Institute of Education) will be discussing the relationship between reading, educational attainment and emotional wellbeing with Baroness Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education and Dr Jane Moore, Head of School of Teacher Education at Liverpool Hope University   Other speakers include:

  • Lord Melvyn Bragg, writer, broadcaster, and former President of MIND, sharing his personal reading experiences.
  • Lord Alan Howarth, Co-Chair All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Nick Benefield, former Joint Head of the NHS and NOMS Offender Personality Disorder Implementation Programme, and Lord David Ramsbotham, former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, discussing the effect of shared reading in secure mental health settings.

Booking information   Full day delegate, including lunch and refreshments - £140   Book your place online:   Alternatively, contact Abigail Leader for information on paying by cheque or invoice: [email protected] or call 0151 207 7221   Find out more: Follow @thereaderorg, #betterwithabook for the latest updates.