“Until the House is built
And then the Props withdraw
And adequate, erect,
The House supports itself…”

The Props Assist the House, Emily Dickinson

In 2013, Calderstones Mansion House became the new home and national headquarters of The Reader.

Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Calderstones Park in Liverpool, the building has a rich history and now thanks to a £5million refurbishment with support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Liverpool City Council and others, it will also have a vibrant future as The International Centre for Shared Reading – a hub of reading and well-being activity, and a destination which will welcome visitors from the local community, the wider Liverpool city region, the UK and beyond.

We have already welcomed thousands of visitors of all ages to Calderstones to enjoy regular Shared Reading groups, exhibitions, heritage tours, outdoor theatre productions and many special events such as our first Children’s Literature Festival.

In Spring 2019 we will bring the building back to life and open the doors to the new International Centre for Shared Reading in Calderstones Park. The hard work to bring the building back to its former glory is now underway with John Turner Construction Group on site, but The Reader has been building the foundations of a community hub here since 2013.

We’re creating a welcoming place where visitors from near and far can come together to discover Shared Reading, explore local history, enjoy a bite to eat or an ice cream, to be creative, meet new people, relax and discover new opportunities for people to reach their full potential through employment, volunteering and training.

About The Reader

We are the pioneers of Shared Reading – a simple idea that changes lives.

By bringing people together to read great literature aloud we are improving well-being, reducing social isolation and building stronger communities across the UK and beyond.

We want to make Shared Reading so widespread that everyone, whoever they are, wherever they are, can access one of our groups. To make that possible we’re building a movement of Readers.