Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society


Join the international Shared Reading movement – Enrol in The Reader’s inspiring learning programme

Read to Lead equips you with the confidence, skills and insight to lead a Shared Reading group in a setting of your choice. During this enriching experience you’ll discover the power of literature to forge deep bonds between individuals.

Chapter One – Initial Training

A series of invigorating and thought-provoking sessions, delivered over three days on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June 2018 at The Reader’s HQ in Calderstones Park, Liverpool - international delegates are particularly welcome.

Chapter Two – Ongoing Support

Your training will continue with a refresher workshop, ongoing support via connection to a wider network of Reader Leaders, a toolkit of materials to help run your group and access to an online portal.

For more information and to book, contact learning@thereader.org.uk 


About the centre

The Primary aim of CRILS is to take literature from English departments out into other disciplines and the wider human world. 

We are seeking to set the world agenda in reading, health and well-being, and the role of literature in modelling creative thinking about human existence.  Our members discuss these issues, as well as the state of literary education inside schools and universities, in our series The Literary Agenda

Our Aims

We aim to be at the forefront of the medical humanities agenda through the development of:

  • Its existing track record in multi-disciplinary arts, psychology and health research
  • Strategic partnerships with The Reader Organisation 
  • International collaborations and partnerships
  • Innovative and interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

For more information please read our Manifesto, which answers some key questions on our aims.

Work With Us

If you are interested working with us, wherever you work or whatever you do, please contact us.