Slow Reading Clubs

Slow Reading Clubs provide a weekly social for busy people to schedule an hour of quiet reading. It is normally in a private-ish space in a bar or cafe. There is no homework required and the Club is BYOB (bring your own book).

You’ll grab a drink, switch off the phone, cosy into a comfy seat and enjoy around an hour of quiet, uninterrupted reading. Afterwards those who want to stay and chat will do.

Find out about your nearest Slow Reading Club:

WELLINGTON, NZ – Sundays 5.15pm (weekly) – register at MeetUp (Christmas holidays 8 Dec – 16 Jan)

Meg Williams

Host: Meg Williams

Meg is the Founder of Slow Reading Clubs. A former lapsed book-lover, she loves Slow Reading Clubs for the joys of reading, relaxation and meeting other readers from Wellington and around the world.




Host: Olly Bisson

Olly is the Co-Founder of Slow Reading Clubs. Olly loves reading, really loves it. However, he is easily distracted, especially by wondrous modern technologies. Like an inattentive spaniel Olly is now lost and baffled, searching for a way back to the wholesome pleasure of reading books.


NOTTING HILL, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Tuesdays 6.30pm (every two weeks), begins 18 November – more

Annabel Quiroga

Host: Annabel Quiroga-Rivera

Annabel is a Bolivian Brit who is a bit of a bookworm but has let the fast pace of London distract her from the pleasure of reading. Loves randomness, meeting new people, coffee and photography. This edition of Slow Reading Club includes free coffee and toast: AMAZING.


PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA – Tuesdays 7pm (weekly) find out more on Facebook

Lauren Flattery

Host: Lauren Flattery

Lauren is a school librarian who loves reading because she is interested in other people’s lives. She loves reading funny books to children and matching adults with their perfect book.



MADRID, SPAIN – Torrelodones, Mondays 9.30am (weekly) register on Meetup


Host: Carlos Garcia del real

Carlos is part of a coworking group in a small city in Madrid. They have a library in their center and are running this club to “share a little hour of slow reading with their coworkers” on a Monday morning.

Follow @coworkingsolana


SHIZUOKA, JAPAN – Omiya-cho, Mishima City, Wednesdays, 7.30pm

MasumiHost: Masumi Oyadomari

Masumi has started his Slow Reading Club in an Alternative Space in Mishima City called “Cry in Public”. He wants to be a host because he has many books he wants to read – and no time to read them!

Follow @omari_flexeye


DENVER, USA – Cherry Creek Library, Wednesdays monthly from 21 January, 6pm

Jennifer Dewey

Host: Jennifer Dewey

Jennifer is a programming librarian at the very cool Denver Public Library. She believes that quiet reading time is a joy. It resets the brain and refreshes the spirit.




More Slow Reading Clubs appearing soon in: London, Glossop, San Diego, Detroit, Melbourne. Watch this space…

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  5 comments for “Slow Reading Clubs

  1. Fran
    October 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    What a fabulous idea. Congratulations on your Wall Street Journal interview. I hope you get more slow reading clubs going in Wellington, New Zealand, the world! Just magical.

    • slowreadingclub
      November 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Hi – thanks so much for your comment. Things are going well and more Slow Reading Clubs are on their way!

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