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01 June 2022

Reading Friends Jubilee Session Idea

Use these ideas for sessions celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Reads Session Plan - Death of a Naturalist (1962-1971)

This resource contains an extract from ‘Death of a Naturalist’ by Seamus Heaney as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Read Session Idea - The Crow Eaters (1972-1981)

This resource contains an extract from ‘The Crow Eaters’ by Bapsi Sidhwa as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Read Session Idea - Summer Lightning (1982-1991)

This resource contains an extract from ‘Summer Lightning’ by Olive Senior as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Reads Session Plan - Life of Pi (1992-2001)

This resource contains an extract from ‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Read Session Idea - Chinaman (2002-2011)

This resource contains an extract from ‘Chinaman’ by Shehan Karunatilaka as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Read Session Idea - The Night Tiger (2012-2022)

This resource contains an extract from ‘The Night Tiger’ by Yangsze Choo as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

22 April 2022

Reading Friends Quick Reads 2022 resources

This folder contains eight session packs using the Quick Reads 2022 titles: Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay Sofia Khan and The Baby Blues by Ayisha Malik The Black Mountain...

17 December 2021

An Extra Pair of Hands carers pack

This pack, designed for paid carers, carer groups and those caring for a family member, partner or friend, contains an extract from Kate Mosse’s memoir, An Extra Pair of Hands. The book details Kate’s experiences of caring for various relatives...

23 November 2021

Reading Friends resource pack: The Imperfect Art of Caring

This free resource pack for The Imperfect Art of Caring by Jessica Ryn has been designed for Reading Friends projects. It contains an extract from the book and discussion questions intended to support conversations and reflections on personal experiences...

19 October 2021

What Works Well: session ideas

This resource includes ideas and tips on what types of activities and reading materials have worked well in Reading Friends sessions. Please let us know at readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk if anything else has worked well for you.

13 October 2021

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman Session Ideas

This resource includes a Q&A with Julietta Henderson, author of “The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman” as well as discussion questions and an activity sheet that can be used to spark conversation in Reading Friends sessions.

27 August 2021

Reading Friends National Reading Group Day 2021

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 14 September 2021, we have created this pack working with Manilla Press including an extract from the story and discussion questions to use in Reading Friends sessions.

13 August 2021

Reading Friends Quick Reads 2021 Discussion Guides

This resource contains discussion questions for Quick Reads’ 2021 collection. You can borrow Quick Reads from your local library, or purchase from The Reading Agency’s bookshop. Find out more about Quick Reads here: https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/quick-reads/

09 July 2021

Yours magazine nostalgia toolkit

The Reading Agency and Yours Magazine are delighted to partner up and bring you this memories collection and toolkit. The team at Yours Magazine have chosen their favourite nostalgia features from Yours and Yours Retro magazines to share with you. They’ve...

09 July 2021

Yours magazine feel-good fiction toolkit

The Reading Agency and Yours Magazine are delighted to partner up and bring you this feel-good fiction collection and toolkit. The team at Yours Magazine have chosen their favourite mood-boosting short stories from their recent Yours Fiction Special magazines to share...

18 June 2021

THE FATHER film discussion guide

In THE FATHER, Hopkins plays the eponymous role of a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman). Yet, such help has become essential following Anne’s decision to move to...

19 May 2021

Reading Friends LGBTQ+ Resource

This resource has been developed in partnership with Islington Library and Heritage services, for adults to discuss, engage with and be inspired by the LGBTQ+ history of the borough. This pack contains 6 session plans, resources and ideas for activities. The...

23 April 2021

Read, Talk, Share Bloomsbury reading list

Bloomsbury has put together a list of fiction and non-fiction books that deal with loneliness and mental health issues, as well as other fiction titles that can help bring people together and spark conversations in Reading Friends sessions. This book...

08 April 2021

Reading Friends Short Session Plan: Clothes

One idea of what a short Reading Friends session with the theme of clothes could look like.

06 April 2021

Reading Friends 'Not Quite Nice' session plan

Ideas for a Reading Friends session based on Celia Imrie’s novel, ‘Not Quite Nice’. This session plan includes a synopsis and questions to be used as conversation starters.

29 March 2021

Reading Friends Short Session Plan: Gardens

One idea of what a short Reading Friends session with the theme of gardens could look like.

29 March 2021

Reading Friends Short Session Plan: Holidays

One idea of what a short Reading Friends session with the theme of holidays could look like.

26 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for Managing Group Dynamics

This resource contains tips about managing group dynamics, challenging conversations and scenarios in a Reading Friends session.

17 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for New and Prospective Parents

This resource contains tips for running Reading Friends with new and prospective parents, important things to consider, and the types of reading materials you could include. Use this resource when planning and delivering a Reading Friends session with new mums,...

23 February 2021

The Thursday Murder Club Session Idea

An extract from Richard Osman’s debut novel, “The Thursday Murder Club” and reading guide. This resource includes a reading guide and questions, that can be used for Reading Friends sessions to spark conversation and discussion.

04 November 2020

Reading Friends Session Plan: Celebrating Light

A plan for a Reading Friends session to get everyone chatting about light and festivals of light. This resource contains ideas for reading materials and activities.

04 November 2020

Reading Friends Resource Pack: Celebrating Light

This pack provides further ideas and activities to use alongside the Session Plan. It has activities to get everyone chatting about light and festivals of light.

21 September 2020

Reading Friends National Poetry Day 2020

Use this wonderful resource to celebrate National Poetry Day on 1 Oct 2020. Poem, discussion questions and activity ideas around the theme of hair.

21 August 2020

Reading Friends Reading-related ice-breaker questions

Use these ice-breaker questions when you first start running Reading Friends sessions, or at the beginning of a session to help people get to know each other and start conversations.