These interviews took place in November and December 2014 at the Gateshead Central Library, the Newcastle City Library and the Lit & Phil. We approached the interviews with key themes in mind and were grateful for new ones suggested by interviewees. The testimonies describe a wide range of experiences, including memories of childhood visits to libraries, learning to read, ageing, physical books vs. e-readers, shared reading, and reading and wellbeing. 

To hear extracts from these interviews, please click on the names of individual readers in the left hand menu on this page, and then on links to the extracts themselves. A transcript of each extract is provided underneath the media player.