The positive impact and outcomes of reading and creativity are wide-ranging and known to support health, wellbeing, intellectual, personal and social development.
The innovative Region of Readers project is about reading for pleasure and wellbeing and is taking place in geographic areas of regeneration. The project involves six library services in South West England in partnership with Literature Works (the literature development agency for the region), The Reader (a charity running shared reading groups) and SWRLS (the South Western Regional Library Service). The project aims to support reader development through curated literature resources and engaging communities in shared reading activities, creating cultural content, and cultural events.
This website and a digital app are two interwoven project strands. They will provide people with ways into reading alongside two other strands, which are the shared reading groups and cultural activities. They will help promote improved literacy, reading for pleasure and increased digital skills.
This website and the app build on the strong track record of the South West Reading Passport, an annual print booklet promoted by South West libraries, featuring a different themed and curated reading list each year. This year, that content will be delivered in app form for the first time.
The Region of Readers web pages, currently hosted on the Literature Works website, will sit alongside the app.