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Launch of the Reading on Screen Project

The Reading on Screen Project has now officially launched, with a website ( a Facebook Group ( and a Twitter account (@onlinereaders1) with all the latest news. Reading on Screen follows on from two previous projects also funded by the

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Publishers, Readers, and Digital Engagement by Marianne Martens

    Network member Marianne’s new book (published by Palgrave) promises to provide a wonderful insight into new forms of engagement with readers in the digital age.  The book is especially concerned with readers of YA fiction.  I’ve already ordered

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Style and Response Conference Report

It was my great pleasure to take part at the end of last week in a conference organised by the Stylistics Research Group at Sheffield Hallam, headed by DRN member Alice Bell.  I have come away with a long list

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Style & Response: Minds, Media, Methods

Please find below the programme for a conference this weekend featuring several network members. The hashtag if you want to follow the conference on Twitter is #styleresponse and the conference organisers are @SHU_Stylistics. Should be interesting! Further details may be

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Reading Communities: Past and Present

Simon Frost and I recently took part in this event organised by an AHRC project based at The Open University which follows on from previous research leading to the establishment of The Reading Experience Database (RED). The event brought together

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Opening Up Digital Fiction – deadline December

Opening Up Digital Fiction Competition This competition, organised as part of the AHRC funded Reading Digital Fiction project, sets out to discover the best “popular” digital fiction: digital fiction that appeals to mainstream audiences.  One of the organisers is network member

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Reading Communities Event this September

Reading Communities Thursday 15 – Friday 16 September 2016 Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House The “Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present” Conference aims to bring together scholars studying reading communities and reading practices as

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Digital Reading and Wellbeing

As part of my ongoing efforts to build an impact case study for the next REF, and to put together another funding application, I’ve been doing some research on local reading groups and book clubs, and perhaps naively have been

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Thoughts on researching digital reader response in children by Jim Pope and Julia Round

Digital devices with e-reading functionality, such as the Kindle and the iPad, are now commonplace, seen in buses, coffee shops and classrooms. We know, from simple observation and from research studies (Researching Readers Online, 2012) that young people read increasing

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Academic Acts of Reading Event at the British Library

I was one of the panellists at an event held at the British Library last night to discuss academic acts of reading and how these may be being transformed in the digital age. The event was organised by the team

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