Ely Library is to host a Reading Round – a new kind of book club.
Award-winning local author Jim Kelly will run the sessions each week.
“It’s a book club but without the homework!” said Jim.
“You don’t have to read anything beforehand, and there’s no need for pens or paper or any preparation.
“Each week I will read out a short story and a poem. The Royal Literary Fund, which sponsors the scheme, has a ‘bank’ of great works from which I can chose. Then we all discuss the texts.”
The sessions will run on a Thursday – except during holiday periods – from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. There will be thirty sessions in the complete ‘round’. It is hoped to run further ‘rounds’ in the future.
There are now reading rounds springing up throughout the country thanks to the RLF.
“They have been a big success. People enjoy informally chatting about books in a friendly atmosphere,” said Jim. “It’s brilliant that the library has been able to provide a room and support. It’s the perfect place at the heart of the community.”
The only cost is a charge of no more than £2 a week to cover the hire of the room.
Numbers are limited to about a dozen. First session is on October 12. If you are interested contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org