Poster promoting big booker read

University announces the Big Booker Read scheme for students

Loughborough University and leading literary award The Booker Prize have launched a new partnership to offer students a copy of The Gathering by Anne Enright.

The novel, which won the Booker Prize in 2007, raises important issues about mental health*, family structure, and how we remember things.

As you settle into university life, why not give it a read? After all, leisure reading is shown to reduce stress and improve focus.

The book will be available to pick up from three locations on campus – the LibraryMartin Hall and EHB.

If you would rather listen to the book, you can sign up for a free 30-day audiobook trial here.

The initiative is part of a lively arts offering at Loughborough. LU Arts, the University’s arts programme, organises extra-curricular activities for all students across campus, including Happy Mondays.

Every Monday, students can learn a new skill with workshops on everything from painting and drawing to hip-hop.

LU Arts also offers music and arts scholarships that enable students who do not study a degree related to their instrument or art form to develop, learn and contribute to the University’s creative events.

Students, staff and members of the public are also invited to a free literary talk with Anne Enright on 30 October. This special event provides an opportunity to hear the author read extracts from her book before taking part in a question and answer session and book signing.

Dr Clare Hutton, Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough said: “The Big Booker Read is for everyone and students should feel confident about getting involved even if they rarely read or stopped studying English quite a while ago.”

More information on the author talk is available here.

*Please note the book contains themes of a sensitive nature