The Readers' Voice  

A Convention for Readers and Reading Groups 

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The Readers' Voice 2010
On line Discussion

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

following the Convention
A free downloadable e-Book is available here 

Articles from

Readers' Voice
Convention 2009

can be found here.

The Readers' Voice

Authors read by
Books on the Broad
Reading Group: 

Chinua Achebe
Kingsley Amis
Martin Amis
Paul Auster
Pat Barker
Julian Barnes
Saul Bellow
Peter Carey
Lewis Carroll
Angela Carter
Joseph Conrad
Anita Desai
Kiran Desai
Charles Dickens
JP Donleavy
Ralph Ellison
F Scott Fitzgerald
E M Forster
Elizabeth Grant
Graham Greene
Kate Grenville
Mohsin Hamid
Ernest Hemingway
Alan Hollinghurst
Khaled Hosseini
Kazuo Ishiguro
Franz Kafka
Yasmina Khadra
Barbara Kingsolver
Matthew Kneale
Hanif Kureishi
DH Lawrence
Harper Lee
Stanislaw Lem
Doris Lessing
Marina Lewycka
Amin Malouf
Hilary Mantel
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Carson McCullers
Ian McEwan
John McGahern
Andrew Miller
David Mitchell
Vladimir Nabokov
Irène Némirovsky
Jeff Noon
Ben Okri
Orhan Pamuk
Iain Pears
Annie Proulx
Philip Pullman
Ian Rankin
Philip Reeve
Philip Roth
Salman Rushdie
Jean-Paul Sartre
Gillian Slovo
Wesley Stace
John Steinbeck
Kurt Vonnegut
Paul Waters
Evelyn Waugh
Jeanette Winterson
Virginia Wolf
Richard Yates
Marguerite Yourcenar

For details go to the group's website 
 where our newsletters can be downloaded

First Convention

4 April, 2009

  Jesus College, Oxford

The Convention has been held. 

You can find a few pictures of the day here.

A Convention publication has been completed. Details can be found here.


WELCOME to this exciting new platform for readers. The full programme of talks, workshops, debates and other events is led by 15 expert speakers, who not only share a passion for reading, but the desire to bring its benefits to the community. Groups with a reading list to share or a project to air are cordially invited to bring these to the attention of the meeting.

The Convention will provide an opportunity for readers and reading groups 

    • to meet and exchange ideas; 
    • to participate in discussions on all aspects of reading group structure and dynamics; 
    • to gain new insights into reading and talking about books from academics and professionals who share a passion for reading and literature; 
    • to learn about and take inspiration from reading group projects in the community which can help change lives. 

"Books on the Broad has developed a ‘novel’ approach to encouraging not just a love of reading, but also of communication, understanding, and friendship."
Alison Rowe,
Big Lottery Fund
Head of South East region 

"We wanted to set up the convention in response to the literary festivals which focus on writers and celebrities rather than readers; we felt readers needed a voice as well. Now, in no small part thanks to the award, they will have one."
Kate Wilson,
The Readers' Voice