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Ann Cleeves – Reading for Wellbeing

September 2021 - ongoing

Explore how stories and poems can offer comfort, escape, inspiration and laughter in difficult times.

Part of Better Connect

Ann Cleeves

Stories and poems to lift your mood - join the Ann Cleeves - Reading for Wellbeing project to explore the positive impact reading and sharing ideas can have on your mental wellbeing.

Ann Cleeves of ‘Vera’ and ‘Shetland’ fame has started a project to explore how stories and poems can offer comfort, escape, inspiration and laughter in difficult times. She’s working with Libraries and Public Health to enable carers to have easy access to free books (audio,  printed and downloadable e-books). Mary Lowe, the new Community Reading worker for North Tyneside can support you with reading and choosing books.

For those who don’t yet feel confident about meeting up with people post-Covid, Mary can offer a regular book chat phone call, enrol you onto Libraries at Home and help with downloading the free Borrowbox App giving access to thousands of audio and e- books.

And for those keen to venture out, she can arrange visits, set up reading or book groups to meet in local venues, and help families to support their children with reading from baby/toddler age onwards.

Ann Cleeves writes ‘I’ve seen how understanding and confidence grows when individuals are encouraged to explore their experience through story. It gives a fresh perspective. A distance. Anger and resentment can dissipate. And because we’re sharing a bit of ourselves when we’re talking about books, friendships develop.’

Non-readers welcome as there are thousands of free audio books to download!

Sign up for Ann Cleeves - Reading for Wellbeing

Find out more

Get it touch with Mary, if you’d like to know more about the Ann Cleeves project

Mary Lowe,

Community Reading Worker


Thanks to our Project Funders

Ann Cleeves is part of a national Reading for Wellbeing programme, funded by North Tyneside Council and Northumberland Healthcare Trust.

Ann Cleeves is part of Better Connect, funded by the Thriving Communities Fund, which totals £1.4 million, delivered by Arts Council England and has been made possible by the National Academy for Social Prescribing (contributing £1.15m from the Department of Health and Social Care) and Arts Council England (providing £250k from the National Lottery). Other strategic partners to the programme include NHS England and NHS Improvement, Historic England, Sport England, Natural England, the Office for Civil Society, the Money & Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together.