Nellibobs – a.k.a. Brian Nellist – is a busy man. When he’s not co-editing The Reader magazine, musing over the latest edition of Gardeners’ World, walking his beagle Argy or just making his way through a wealth of reading material, he can be found on YouTube with his special Friday Night Nellibobs videos, where he can be found pondering some of the greatest pieces of literature known to man (and indeed, woman).
If you’re an avid fan of the Godfather of The Reader Organisation, you’re in luck as he is about to host his latest Short Course for Serious Readers in Birkenhead. Far Places will embark on a journey of discovery through classic and contemporary literature to celebrate wanderlust as well as a sense of rootedness.
Far Places (Part 1) begins on Monday 29th September and runs every Monday from 10.30am-12.30pm at The Lauries Community Centre. The first part will focus especially on Homer’s Odyssey. Part 2 will be taking place in January 2015, discovering yet more great literature from authors including Shakespeare, Johnson, Graham Greene and Doris Lessing. Places on the course cost £65/£35 concessions (retired/student/unemployed/shared reading group member) – there’s a special 10% discount available if you sign up for both September and January courses at the same time.
For more information and to book your place on Far Places with Brian Nellist, contact Jenny: email@example.com or call 0151 207 7207. Details of all our upcoming courses can also be found on our website: http://www.thereader.org.uk/courses
And as a special treat, here’s the latest edition of Friday Night with Nellibobs – here you’ll find Brian discussing two poems by Edward Thomas:
As we get ready to move our Head Office to Calderstones Mansion House, The Reader Organisation can announce a new job vacancy for a Building Caretaker.
- Based at: Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool
- Reporting to: IT and Facilities Manager
Salary: £7.65 per hour
- Hours: 21 Hours per week, 3 days negotiable
- Duration: Until March 2015 in the first instance with possibility of renewal
This role will encompass a wide variety of general building maintenance repairs and services in keeping with the role of a building caretaker. This will include installing light bulbs, painting, repairs to floor coverings, repairs to walls, repairs to doors, repairs to windows or blinds, assembling furniture, and unblocking sinks and toilets.
It will also include supervision and liaison with service contractors, carrying out regular inspections of buildings, being responsible for security and health and safety, liaising with occupational tenants in the building and regular maintenance of all building services, amongst other responsibilities designated by the line manager.
A full job description can be downloaded on our website.
How to Apply
Please do not just send in a CV. We will only consider applications that adhere to the following process:-
Visit http://www.thereader.org.uk and select the Job Opportunities underneath the ‘Working With Us’ tab where you will be able to view the full job description and download an application form. Please complete the application form and submit a covering letter, explaining how you meet the requirements of this role, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: 5pm on Tuesday 30th September
NB: applications arriving after 5pm will not be considered.
Please do not reapply if you have previously applied for this role.
A high volume of applications may make replies to everyone impossible and the job will be closed early if the number of applications is deemed too high.
If you require any further information about this role or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 207 7207 or email email@example.com
Interviews: Thursday 9th October
Role begins: As soon as possible thereafter
At The Reader Organisation, we’re opening up the wealth of emotional experience contained in great literature to people regardless of which life situation they currently find themselves in. Our weekly read-aloud, shared reading groups operate around the country in a variety of settings, connecting people closer to books, stories and poems – and one another – with often very profound results.
Recently we received some feedback from one of our Readers attending a group in HMP Frankland, Durham, about their experience of shared reading.
A had been a keen reader, but found that with nobody to talk with about the things that he was reading that his enjoyment decreased. The act of reading, and rediscovering reading, was vital for A to maintain a sense of normal perspective about himself – something that he identifies as being hard to hold onto while in prison – and reconnect to a more positive mental outlook.
Saying that he was ‘struggling’ with life, A describes attending the shared reading group at the prison as being like ‘a cool drink of water on a hot day seemingly without end’. Though recognising the benefits of reading on an individual level, shared reading within a group appears to make a particular difference:
“If reading by oneself in isolation is inherently edifying, and I believe it to be so, then how much more so when you read with others of a like mind? The connections and insights of a shared reading group are endless and some of those most in need of new connections and insights are prisoners. I myself have actually become more tolerant of people and value their opinions far more than I used to as I am constantly amazed by the depth of those insights which frequently resonate with me deeply.”
“I have seen my friends reading and then writing poetry in their own time who before attending the group had not the faintest idea about it nor the inclination to find out.
It connects us, prisoners, lifers in a high security prison, with the beauty that we always suspected was beneath the concrete and razor wire or dimly remembered in another life. “
This week’s Featured Poem is perfect to consider on these crisp and chillier mornings, when you’re likely to find more than just one drop of dew on the grass. Andrew Marvell wrote in the 17th century, and as a metaphysical poet concerned with a new expression and freedom at the time, found himself in good company with other poets including John Donne and George Herbert. Perhaps his most famous poem is To My Coy Mistress, and many of his works were not published until after his death. He has gone onto receive praise from more contemporary poets, including T.S. Eliot who described him as having ‘a tough reasonableness beneath the slight lyric grace’.
We’re hoping that it’s just dew you’ll find on the ground this Monday morning, but whatever the weather this poem will give you lots to ponder.
On A Drop of Dew