Connecting Past and Present

The Verbal Arts Centre’s Reading Rooms project will connect to the Open University’s Reading Communities – Connecting the Past and the Present – in Belfast this week.

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The theme of the programme, “Is there such a thing as a Northern Irish reader?” will be held on Tuesday, April 12th, in partnership with the Open University’s Belfast Regional Centre, Belfast City Council and hosted at the Linenhall Library.

The Verbal Arts Centre will present three Reading Rooms throughout the day. The University has chosen C.S. Lewis as the main link connecting the past to the present. All Reading Rooms across Northern Ireland will use C.S. Lewis literature on the day.

The Reading Rooms Bus will be conducting further Reading Rooms at a landmark location outside Belfast City Hall from 12 noon until 6pm.

Susanne Stich, Verbal’s Literary Guide, said Reading Rooms was delighted to be working in association with the Open University for the event.

She added: “We will be reading the opening chapter from C.S. Lewis’ autobiography ‘Surprised by Joy’ (1955), which tells of Lewis’ childhood up until the death of his mother when he was ten years old. Amongst other things, it details his early reading experiences, including references to Beatrix Potter, E.Nesbit and Jonathan Swift.”

The Open University’s Reading Communities will stage a series of public events throughout 2016 as part of the UK Reading Experience Database (RED), an open access database and research project housed in the English Department of the Open University. It is the largest resource recording the experiences of readers of its kind anywhere.

The project will visit Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London. All events are free to attend.

For full details and the programme, take a look at the flyer.

For more information about Reading Communities, follow the link

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