Open Book

Registered Charity Number SC043827

Total raised
£11808.00 + £2862.00 Gift Aid = £14670.00
+ £0.00 Gift Aid
+ £2862.00 Gift Aid

About Open Book

Open Book runs shared reading and creative writing groups in lots of community settings. Using literature as a tool to connect people and build communities, sessions are facilitated by an Open Book trained Lead Reader and run very much like a traditional book group EXCEPT all the reading is done aloud. That means that there is no preparation and no homework. It also means those who struggle to read - if their eyesight is failing as they grow older, or because they never learner to read or perhaps don't have English as a first language - can still join in. Our creative writing sessions use the work that has been read to spark the writing of those who attend. With around 100 sessions each month taking place in 45 different locations (from Orkney to Stranraer and lots in between), the demand for groups has been growing rapidly since 2013 when the first two groups were established and shows no sign of diminishing.

Each year we give a many of our readers as we can the opportunity to attend a literary event - whether that's a visit to a book festival or a reading by an author. In 2019 we anticipate we will take around 300 members to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August with a further 150 attending Wigtown book Festival with Open Book in September.

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