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Reading and poetry groups

Reading groups

If you enjoy a good read and a good chat about books and authors, there are several reading groups in the borough where you can do just that:

Audio book group Toggle accordion

Particularly suitable for people with a visual impairment.

If you enjoy audio books, come along and meet like-minded people at our audio reading group.

The group meets at Barking Learning Centre on the first Wednesday of the month between 10am to midday.

Barking Library reading group: Bookends Toggle accordion

The group meets at Barking Library on the first Monday of the month from 6pm to 7pm.

Dagenham Library reading group Toggle accordion

The group meets at Dagenham Library on the fourth Thursday of the month, from 10.30am to 11.30am. New members are always welcome.

Robert Jeyes Community Library Book Club Toggle accordion

This group is run by its members and is based at Robert Jeyes Community Library at Chadwell Heath Community Centre. The group meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.30pm.

Valence Library Saturday Reading Club Toggle accordion

The club meets at Valence Library on the first Saturday of the month from 10.30am to midday.

Reading websites Toggle accordion

Useful if you are looking for new books and authors to try, and to share your views about reading with others.

Book and Reader, read, review and discuss books.

Book lore, see how your favourite books and authors are rated on this review site.

Fantastic Fiction, find everything fiction-related.

Gnooks, an interactive site which allows you to search by your favourite authors to find similar books.

Which Book, find books to suit your mood using this fun site. Search by setting, character or plot. Includes large print and audio titles.

Poetry group

If you write poetry or enjoy discussing poetry, come and meet like-minded people at the poetry group that meets at Barking Learning Centre.

The group meets every two weeks, on a Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm.

Pen to Print Toggle accordion

As part of the Pen to Print project, there will be a poetry competition and poetry workshops.

Poetry websites Toggle accordion

If you enjoy poetry you might find these websites useful.

Poetry Archive, the world’s premiere online collection of poets reading their work. Listen free to the voices of current poets and poets from the past.

The Poetry Library, the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry since 1912 in Britain.

Poetry Magazines, collected by the Poetry Library.

Poetry Society, founded in 1909, its mission is to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry.

Young Poets Network, for young people up to 25, with a special focus on 13 to 19 year-olds, with information on writing and enjoying poetry.