Reading Friends is a vibrant UK-wide community of people who come together to chat and share stories. Our 60 seconds with… helps you to learn more about the people who make up our community. Learn more about Reading Friends volunteer, Gerry McCanny from Northern Ireland.

What is your favourite thing about Reading Friends?

I like to see people’s reactions to the sessions and what we read. Sometimes this means seeing a new glimmer of excitement from somebody who hasn’t shown any interest before, which is always lovely to see.

Why did you get involved with Reading Friends?

I was part of a voluntary group which folded, but I wanted to continue doing something on a voluntary basis. I’d heard then about Reading Friends and I thought, well it sounds very interesting because I do like reading, and books and poetry. I came to do the training and it fell into place from there.

What is the best book you have ever read?

The only book that I’ve read more than once is The Bogman by Walter Macken, and I’ve read it three times, so it must be my favourite.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

What a question! Thing as opposed to a person? I’ll have to say my wife and books. And music. Oh, that’s three things isn’t it?

What place do you think is a hidden gem?

I would say the River Faughan, at Goshaden, which is near where I live.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.

I’ve been learning guitar. And Italian. Not Italian guitar. That’s quite surprising

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