The Reader Podcast

Episode Two: Stories of Sonnet 29

March 18, 2021

What makes a poem great for Shared Reading? This episode takes a deep dive into a single poem, a sonnet by William Shakespeare, and tells stories from Shared Reading groups over the years who have read this old poem together and found that it moved them in unexpected ways. There’s an interview with Philip Davis who has witnessed and written about Shared Reading experiences of this sonnet, and there’s an extract from another National Prison Radio programme where Shaun, from The Reader, read Sonnet 29.  


Reading by Philip Davis and Fiona Magee is a recent book exploring how and why literature can improve mental health 


Listen to more episodes of The Reader on National Prison Radio


Watch short films about Shared Reading 


Maya Angelou speaks about Sonnet 29 in a 1994 episode of BBC2’s The Late Show (@ 21.15mins). 


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