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Reading Rooms have been invited by the Connswater Community Greenway Project to take part in an event in Victoria Park tomorrow afternoon attended by 76 pupils aged 12-14 from Victoria House at Ashfield Girls’ High School in east Belfast.
Our pop-up Reading Rooms will be part of V3, a full afternoon of activities, introducing the girls to the newly refurbished park, as part of the Connswater Community Greenway Project, which has its official launch on August 29th as part of the Eastside Arts Festival.
The Reading Rooms will be ‘Speed Read’ Reading Rooms, consisting of five, 15 minute sessions with 15 girls in each group at the newly developed, beautiful observation area in Victoria Park, overlooking the RSPB conservation area and the iconic H&W cranes.
The sessions will be facilitated by Maeve O’Lynn, Reading Rooms Belfast, and Susan Massey, one of our volunteers, who usually reads with the Enler Day Centre in Dundonald. They will be reading poems by Mary Oliver and Pablo Neruda, and extracts from a short essay by Miranda July.
Eagerly looking forward to tomorrow’s outdoor Reading Rooms in the park, Maeve O’Lynn said: “Reading Rooms is about bringing people together, sharing a love of literature and having some amazing conversations across the city.
“We can’t wait to read with the girls from Victoria House at Ashfield Girls’ High School this week and to hear their thoughts on the poetry we have chosen and on the amazing Connswater Community Greenway, right on their doorstep.”