Join Shared Reading for a wellbeing experience of stories, poems and conversation

If the last couple of years have left you feeling a bit disconnected, consider connecting with others through storytelling in this unique wellbeing experience at the Bendigo campus.

Shared Reading, sometimes called ‘bibliotherapy’, is an immersive experience which has been shown to help with depression and anxiety.

It gives people from all walks of life a space to gather in small groups and listen to a story and a poem. We read slowly to allow space for reflection and for our responses to emerge and be shared.

We are looking for participants to take part in 8 weeks of Shared Reading as part of a research project on fostering wellbeing during the pandemic. The sessions will be run by Dr Zoe Thomas, a trained Shared Reading facilitator, creative writer and Academic Skills Advisor.

The 8-week program includes weekly 90-minute sessions, beginning Wednesday 27 July at 4.30 pm, at the La Trobe University, Bendigo Library (Sandhurst Meeting Rooms).