Jane Davis on the BBC

I love the BBC. Oh, sure, they’ve got their problems, but whenever I’m in the UK–and now, because of the Internet–I listen to whatever I can on the BBC because while they are part of mainstream media, at least they try to capture more than .05% of what is going on in the world. I also like their coverage of class issues in the UK, and their coverage of arts, and of course, how they treat books.

And, how they treat book people.

One of the most free thinking book people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting during my book and shared reading research is Jane Davis. She’s a powerhouse feminist who started The Reader, a literary magazine based at the University of Liverpool. She was also instrumental in getting Reader Days going in the UK (publishers should be thanking her). And, most importantly, she is the person behind Get into Reading. This grassroots group is extremely successful in bringing shared reading and discussion to people who might not have easy access to books, the pleasure and wisdom they can bring, and to sharing the joy of reading with one another.

Now, you can hear Jane on the BBC – Radio 3 and you can vote for her, too, if you’re so inclined. She’s one of four Liverpuddlians who have been asked to propose a topic for the Free Thinking weekend. I don’t know a lot about this event, and I’m pressed for time to look through the BBC website. (Hmmm, maybe I’m not so impressed right now.) I did, however, listen to the files and am, as always, impressed with Jane’s wisdom and passion. I think you will be, too.


4 thoughts on “Jane Davis on the BBC

  1. Hey de Nel! I have just started a blog of my own and was trying to google it when I came across your post! Lovely to catch a glimpse of you here. I have a longing to visit Canada, and am trying to persuade ‘my sweetie’ to consider it as a possible holiday destination sometime in next year or two.
    Been reading Joseph Gold, The Story Species. Do you know him?
    love from Jane

    1. p.s. I’ve not read any Joseph Gold. I’ll go look for him now. Anyone else read him? What do you think?

  2. Jane! I’m so happy to wake up and see a message from you. I keep on top of what is going on at The Reader and GIR through Danielle. As usual, your energy amazes and inspires me.

    I’d love if you could come over for a visit! Your always, always welcome in a little cottage by a lake.

    I’ll be in Bham in July. Maybe we can meet in the middle for dinner?

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