A different kind of book group

Our ESOL Chatabout reading groups are a great way to improve your English, make friends and have fun. These friendly, informal reading groups are ideal for adult students learning English as a Second Language, at Intermediate Level, and are most definitely NOT English classes!

Over the past few months we’ve been reading The Little One by Lynda la Plante: a creepy ghost story that makes you want to sleep with the light on.

Maria commented ‘it was really scary and I loved the tension building up.. I learnt some new words like bell-pull..’. The group enjoyed sharing traditional ghost stories from their home countries.

More light-hearted was ‘Kung Fu Trip’ by poet, musician and writer Benjamin Zephaniah and his partly fictional account of a visit to mainland China. One of our members, Fung, was able to explain some of the Chinese expressions.

But the book which everyone enjoyed the most was Bloody Valentine by James Patterson, a particularly gory murder mystery! It led to lots of chatter and sharing of some new words and expressions.

All these books are from the ‘Quick Reads ‘series – short books by best selling writers and celebrities.Take a look at the full list of titles.

Chatabout groups run in the following libraries – use the contact details to find out how you can join.

McDonald Road Library Group meets the last Thursday of each month, 10-11.30am, starting Thursday 27th September. Contact: Wendy Pearson 0131 242 8022 wendy.pearson@edinburgh.gov.uk

Moredun Library Group meets the last Friday of each month, 11am, starting Friday 29th September. Contact: David Hayden 0131 529 5649 david.hayden@edinburgh.gov.uk

Fountainbridge Library Group. If you are interested in being part of a group at this library please contact Mo Boussaboun 0131 529 5616 Mohammed.Boussaboun@edinburgh.gov.uk

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