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'A poem a day keeps the gloom away': reading and wellbeing

During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Book Trust set out to discover what impact the lockdown was having on readers in Scotland.

Last updated: 21 February 2022

We recruited a panel of people living in Scotland to complete regular surveys about their experiences of reading between March and August 2020. The full report, Reading in Scotland: Reading over lockdown(this link will open in a new window) is available to read now.

Throughout the study it was clear that that the majority of the panel found reading important to their wellbeing:

'A poem a day keeps the doom away'

Reading can be a comfort, an escape and even help us get a good night's sleep. Many of the readers on our panel told us how reading had been helping them to cope through the lockdown:

There are lots of ways you can build reading into your day to create some moments of calm:

Each week our panel shared reading tips for us to share. Some of our favourite wellbeing tips include: