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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

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 Plan

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

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.

23 July 2020

Reading Friends Session Plan: Silly Squad

A plan for a Reading Friends session with ideas to get people chatting, linked to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Silly Squad. This resource contains ideas for reading materials and activities.

22 July 2020

Reading Friends Resource Pack: Silly Squad

This pack provides activities for all the family to chat about together – grandparents to grandchildren. It is linked to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Silly Squad – as why should kids have all the fun! This resource contains...

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Session Plan: Personal history and reminiscence

This resource contains a range of activities, discussion ideas and reading suggestions to inspire reminiscence about past times in your own and others’ lives.

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Resource Pack: Personal History and Reminiscence

This pack provides further ideas and activities to use alongside the Session Plan ‘Personal history and reminiscence.’

20 May 2020

Reading Friends Short Session Plan: Childhood Experiences

One idea of what a short Reading Friends session could look like, with the theme of childhood experiences. But remember the conversations might take other directions and that’s fine!

06 May 2020

Reading Friends Resource Pack: VE Day

Useful links and activity ideas to use in a Reading Friends session celebrating VE Day’s 75th anniversary over the bank holiday weekend.

30 April 2020

The Reading Agency Hub

Here you can access The Reading Agency at home. You’ll find ideas, activities and challenges from across our programmes to entertain and educate yourself, your family or those you are teaching remotely. The activities will be refreshed every couple of weeks...

14 March 2020

Reading Friends Resource Pack: Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

This pack provides further materials and ideas for activities to use alongside the session idea Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover.

13 March 2020

Reading Friends Session Plan: Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

A plan for a book jacket themed Reading Friends session including things to look at and talk about. This resource contains ideas and suggestions for reading materials, activities and discussion questions.