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How to join the meeting the next virtual group meeting

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 28 July at 2pm on Teams, where we will be discussing The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.

The classic Gothic novel that inspired the blockbuster musical. There's a ghost in the Paris Opera House. Singers, dancers, and stagehands have all seen him lurking in the shadows of the set, and each describes his face differently and then point the finger at the Phantom after a series of murders. But when the mysterious ghost begins to admire a beautiful singer, it is the beginning of something magnificent: a love story as heartfelt and tragic as any opera ever staged.

All staff and students welcome - we've e-copies available to read as an E-book

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To get involved you can join using the link below. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Once you have clicked on the link you will be able to join the meeting from there. Alternatively you can request to join the team by emailing Fran Porritt on f.porritt@tees.ac.uk

Do you enjoy reading for pleasure?

Reading for pleasure and meeting new people is a great way to support your wellbeing.  Reading for pleasure is reading for enjoyment, learning, and for personal development. Benefits include:

  • Reading new and different books, genres you haven’t tried before
  • Development of your communication skills, literacy, and vocabulary.
  • Learning about different cultures, societies and communities, and politics.
  • Gaining an understanding of other worlds, you haven’t yet encountered
  • Getting lost in a story well told. So lost you can’t put the book down!

(Duncan, S. (2013) Understanding Reading for Pleasure for emerging adult readers. National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC). Available at: Understanding Reading for Pleasure for emerging adult readers - UCL Discovery. (Accessed: 24 May 2021).

These benefits are reflective of the 5 ways to wellbeing, an evidence-based approach identifying 5 ways to improving our overall wellbeing.

We read books from all genres and decide on what we read as a group. We currently meet virtually on MS Teams for fortnightly meetings and we read 1 book per month. There is no obligation to come to every session- just pop in when you can. The book group is open to all students and staff.

Book suggestions

We would love to have your suggestions for books to read in the next academic year, please send suggestions to Fran Porritt on f.porritt@tees.ac.uk - suggestions so far include:

Madeline Miller - Circe

Evelyn Skye - Circle of Shadows

Nadine Brandes - Romanov

Neal Shusterman - Scythe

Beth O'Leary  - The Flatshare

Taylor Jenkins Reid  - Daisy Jones and the Six

Nicole Yoon - The sun is also a star

Stephen Fry - Mythos

Pat Barker - Regeneration

Margaret Atwood - Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood - Surfacing

To kill a mockingbird: Harper Lee

Can you see me?: Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

Big Sky: Kate Atkinson

A thousand splendid suns: Khaled Hosseini

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