Sunday, 10 December 2017

Readers of a feather...

As you may be aware by now, we won’t be the only group reading The Dark is Rising this month! Author Robert Macfarlane and poet Julia Bird have announced #TheDarkIsReading Twitter book club which will be reading The Dark is Rising starting on December 20th (Midwinter’s Eve). They have over 1000 readers ready to go and they will be posting questions and prompts from their Twitter accounts as well as they would “love people to share their memories of reading TDIR, as well as photographs, artwork, poems, music and other responses inspired by the novel.”

You can read the full post here:

As for TDiR Readathon, like the rooks flying around Will Stanton, we will join along side #TheDarkIsRising readers and read with them but also keep with our plan of reading the whole Sequence. There’s still time to start Over Sea, Under Stone!

If you are on Twitter, participate with #TheDarkIsRising hashtag as well as our #ReadTDiR tag. I will be retweeting as much as possible on the @TDiRReadathon account and bringing the tweeted offerings to our Facebook group.

This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to join this many readers in reading Susan Cooper’s beloved classic. Bring your sense of wonder and your memories as we close 2017 in a way “beyond all imagining”!

Friday, 1 December 2017


Thanks for dropping by!

We're a bit slow ramping up this year but please, browse the info on this blog and join us on our Facebook or Twitter groups to get to know our wonderful community of fans.
We have lots of ideas on the go but it will take a few days to get everything ready. Keep checking back for more great content!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Welcome to the 2015 TDiR Readathon!

I would like to officially welcome everyone to The 2nd Worldwide The Dark is Rising Readathon!

The readathon has globally kicked off and we are seeing tons of updates, book pics, memories, and stories on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks so much for contributing! It is all of you that have made the Readathon what it is this year (and in 2013) and made it such a pleasure to oversee. Please continue to spread the word, it’s never too late to join us!

I have added more content to the blog as you may have seen. There is now a blogroll on the right hand side and menu tabs with lots of extra information for your enjoyment. 

Here's a break-down:

About TDiR Readathon: A brief history of the Readathon and a glance at the books.

How to Enjoy the TDiR Readathon: I've had some folks ask what the Readathon entails. Here's the answer!

Schedule: The much-anticipated reading schedule! Optional, of course.

Contact Us: Where you can find us.

Links: Links to Susan Cooper and (coming soon) authors and bloggers who have gone out of their way to help promote the Readathon.

Also, we will have some guest bloggers providing some posts about their experiences with The Dark is Rising really soon and I will, in turn, be posting on some of their blogs. I will let you know when all those posts are up.

Thank you again for making this community so enjoyable. I will have some updates on the numbers soon (those of you from 2013 may remember I do love me some stats!).

Happy Reading!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

TDiR Readation 2015

Hello TDiR Fans!

Here’s the big news...

The 2nd The Dark is Rising Sequence Readathon will begin on December 1st, 2015!

After considering the survey results, this date was not only the most selected, but it also provides the most flexibility as the busy Christmas season consumes our time.

I am working on some exciting stuff for this Readathon and I will post again when I have more details.

In the meantime, spread the word and sign up if you are planning on joining us - the Sign-Up Form is up!

We had over 140 participants in 2013 - I bet we can beat that number easily!

Also, quite a few readers have mentioned that they want to read the series with their kids and someone even mentioned their class! So, I put a space in the form to include them in the count (just numbers, no private info).

That’s all for now! Keep up-to-date and join our fantastic TDiR community on Facebook and/or Twitter if you haven’t already (see below for links)!

Thanks for your continued support.


Twitter: @TDiRReadathon
Hashtag: #ReadTDiR

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Who's up for another TDIR Readathon?

Hello Everyone!

I hope this message finds you and your kin well and I hope you are all enjoying the summer (or winter depending where you are.)!

It's drawing nigh of two years since I launched the first The Dark is Rising Sequence Readathon in 2013 and I'm still amazed and grateful for the passionate response from all of you! The communities on Facebook and Twitter continue to thrive and hopefully new readers continue to discover these fantastic books.

To commemorate Susan Cooper's 80th birthday in May, the continued support in our online communities, and 2015 being the 40th anniversary of The Grey King, I wanted to see how many of you would be interested in a second TDIR Readathon? If you would be interested please let me know!

Also, I would like to know how you found the "sign-up" form the last time and if you have any suggestions for making another readathon better? Was the start date fine (December 7)? I'm open to anything aside from creating a new website (unless someone else does it!). I would be as hands-on as possible, but with family and other responsibilities, I would rely on you amazing people to spread the word as well! The Facebook and Twitter accounts would continue and I will resurrect this blog as time permits and welcome guest bloggers possibly.

Please let me know what you think! Comment below or send a note via Facebook or Twitter. Also, if you'd like to join our mailing list, send me an email request at tdir.readathon (at) gmail (dot) com.



Twitter: @TDiRReadathon
Hashtag: #ReadTDiR 

Monday, 23 December 2013

"To break their sleep and bid them read..."

I was hoping to get this post up on the 7th, and then I was trying to post it on Midwinter's Eve but it has been a busy couple of weeks with work, concerts, dinners and all manner of Christmas errands and festivities.  :)

It sounds like everyone is enjoying the reading part of the Readathon so far and it’s been great being involved in the discussions and seeing pictures of the different editions of the Sequence that you are all reading from. We also have photos of TDiR locales that readers have shared with us. Thanks for all your participation in creating a friendly, unique and purely awesome community!

I wasn't able to start reading Over Sea, Under Stone until after the 7th and although I'm still getting through it, I’m loving it!  I will share my thoughts soon (Yes, I am behind!). Meanwhile, many of our readers have posted reviews and I’ve tried to share them with everyone, but if I have missed one or you have a new review to share, let me know and I’ll share it on our social media outlets.

To those who missed it, Susan Cooper endorsed the Readathon earlier in the month on her Facebook page which was a huge boost to our readership numbers. I have since been in contact with Ms. Cooper regarding the Readathon, which she called “an astonishing enterprise”. Ms. Cooper gave me a little something to share with you - a poem that she wrote for a theatrical celebration in the same year that Silver on the Tree was published. I was “scooped” by one of our Facebook members, but for the rest of you, here it is:

THE SHORTEST DAY                                                              
Written by Susan Cooper for the Christmas Revels, 1977

So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen,
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing, behind us -- listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight
This shortest day
As promise wakens in the sleeping land.
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year, and every year.
Welcome Yule!

Thank you, Ms. Cooper for that lovely poem!

Now, the (not so) final reader tally!

By December 7th, we had 117 readers signed up in 13 countries!  The sign ups have continued, however, and we are currently at 135!  Thanks again to everyone for spreading the word!

One last thought:  A number of you have mentioned you would be interested in a Readathon t-shirt or other such paraphernalia. I have permission from Susan Cooper to use the title(s) and a small portion of the poems found in the books for something like this. Finding an easy and affordable way to do this is the challenge.  I’d be up for making t-shirts, etc., so let me know of any ideas you have. I have a t-shirt design idea, but I’m open to suggestions. Be aware that due to our global readership, there may be significant shipping costs involved.  Anyway, think on it and let me know if you would be interested.

Last, but definitely not least, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thank you for making the end of 2013 very exciting and satisfying. I will try to post again before 2014, but I’m not going to guarantee it.

Enjoy your reading!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

We have 100!


We’ve passed 100 readers signed up for the The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon!

At 3:41 am my time (Mountain Standard Time), someone in Australia/New Zealand became the 100th person to sign up for the Readathon!  We have since surpassed that number and currently stand at 104.

All I can say is: Unbelievable!

The readers started flooding in when Susan Cooper posted the link to the Readathon on her Facebook page to her 3200+ followers at 10:12 am (MST). In the 24 hours after Susan's post, we had 51 people sign up which almost doubled our number!  We also gained 26 new Facebook members and a few more Twitter followers.

So, we currently have 104 readers signed up in at least 12 countries!

I would just like to sincerely thank Ms. Cooper and her daughter for their support of this project.  This is going to be fun!

Thanks also to everyone who has joined up and spread the word. If you haven’t officially signed-up - what are you waiting for!

We start the journey soon...

Twitter: @TDiRReadathon
Hashtag: #ReadTDiR 
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