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Reader Friends

Reader Friends

Support our charitable work, and enjoy special experiences and discounts by becoming a Reader Friend

"You have been my friend," replied Charlotte
"that in itself is a tremendous thing."
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White

The Reader is bringing about a Reading Revolution across the UK, so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which we believe helps humans survive and live well. From our global Shared Reading movement, to our home in the Mansion House at Calderstones, The Reader builds lively communities that bring people together and books to life.

Why your support matters…

We rely on the support and generosity of individuals like you to help us to change lives through Shared Reading across the UK, and to support The Reader’s vibrant programme of daily activities and events at our home in Calderstones Park.

By becoming a Reader Friend, you’ll be helping more people to experience the life-changing power of literature, enabling children and families to engage in unique and wonderful reading experiences, and helping to improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation through our national network of Shared Reading groups.

With a Reader Friends or Reader Friends+ membership, you’ll receive a range of great benefits and priority booking access to selected Reader events.


As a Reader Friends member, you’ll receive:

  • A warm welcome, including a joining gift
  • Regular updates on the impact of your support
  • Priority booking for your young Readers to family events
  • Priority booking for selected Reader events, and invitations to Friends get-togethers

Local Reader Friends will also be able to enjoy 20% discount on all purchases at The Reader Café and Ice Cream Parlour, with their membership card.


Upgrade to a Reader Friends+ membership to receive all the benefits listed above, plus a discounted subscription to The Reader Magazine, published biannually. Click here to find out more about The Reader Magazine.

Gift a Friends membership!

Friendship is one of life’s great gifts. Why not make your friends our friends, and treat the book-lover in your life to a Friends subscription?

By purchasing a gift membership, you’ll receive an e-voucher, which can be printed and passed on to the gift-recipient for them to redeem on our website. For any questions about gift memberships, please email


Reader Friends, £48 per year Buy Now
Reader Friends, £4 per month Direct Debit Buy Now
Reader Friends+, £60 per year Buy Now
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