We love reading. And we’re fascinated with how it might be a springboard from which we can build more empathetic and interconnected communities, and how reader citizens might band together to write a better next chapter for our world.

Reading broadens awareness of-, communication between-, empathy with-, agency for-, and action by people.

We aim to promote a culture of reading and connecting broadly and adventurously, in books and in life. This is our own Art of W.A.R. (We Are Readers).

And in the longer term, some of the things we will be doing, and which we’d love to work with you to achieve, include:

  • Developing a national reading programme and festival curated by readers for readers.
  • Building vibrant communities of exchange between readers and writers, supporting and developing open dialogue and purposeful collaboration between the two.
  • Exploring how book festivals can be launchpads for social agency and public benefit. The Collaborators will be a meeting place for readers to gather with people already making a difference in their communities, share and develop ideas, and formulate plans of action.
  • Creating a FairRead charter (think Fairtrade for books) that will see readers taking the lead in creating a book industry that is fairer and more sustainable for everyone.