“So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. I’m going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things.”
Neil Gaiman, writer/illustrator
Started as a way of familiarising newbies to performing in public, Reads has gone on to become a much-awaited stage that brings a variety of literature,plays and poetry to Dharamshala audiences through the year as free public readings AND a stepping stone to performing in plays (two of our plays started out as readings)
Our Reads programme also serves to bring together the varied local and international communities as participants, audiences and hosts. Held in local cafes and restaurants, these theme-based readings have become an exciting platform for participants and audience alike to immerse themselves in the joy and nuances of the spoken word. We’ve already done over 20 sessions and have many more to go! Readings are mostly in Hindi, English, Tibetan and a smattering of other languages.
A few of our reading spaces!