Kidnap Wednesday’s Al Fresco Reading Rooms

An inspiring group of people with learning difficulties are set to experience a unique outdoor reading experience as part of Verbal's Reading Rooms' programme in Belfast.

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The Verbal Arts Centre has teamed up with the NOW Project, Connswater Community Greenway and Belfast City Council Parks Department to offer a unique outdoor shared reading experience for the Kidnap Wednesday group, taking in the sights and sounds along the beautiful Greenway and spending time in some of Belfast’s best loved parks.

The Kidnap Wednesday group was set up by the Belfast-based training and employment organisation NOW, as a way of giving their service users and other people with learning difficulties the chance to discuss the issues they face day today.

The main aims of the Reading Rooms project are to promote engagement with literature which in turn will enhance the social well-being of the city by fostering a love of reading, to encourage social interaction, and to provide participants with an opportunity to participate, reflect, imagine and develop the confidence to add to the narrative.

These one-off, al fresco Reading Rooms events reflect the areas we will read in, contemplating water, bridges, journeys, nature and the city around us.

Sessions will begin with a short introduction to the development of the Connswater Community Greenway, then the outdoor Reading Room will take place. Participants will then be free to explore the parks, seeing them with new eyes, before enjoying a picnic in the sun.

On Wednesday 13th May we will be visiting Orangefield Park, seeing the Connswater Community Greenway’s work on re-routing the river and hopefully getting to meet the park’s beautiful resident heron.

On Wednesday 3rd June we will be visiting Victoria Park, reading beneath the oldest tree in the park, overlooking the lake.

On Wednesday 1st July we will be visiting Cregagh Glen, and taking in beautiful panoramas across the city.

For more information on the work of Reading Rooms, Verbal Arts Centre’s mobile shared-reading project, please visit:

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