Now in its third year, The Great Read is a ‘shared reading’ campaign, which aims to build a sense of community across the University of Liverpool, encourage a shared interest amongst staff and students and act as a conversation-starter during the first few weeks of term. The Great Read began as a pilot in 2019, with 600 new students receiving a copy of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. In 2020, all students and staff received an e-book anthology of short stories and associated discussion points. This year’s Great Read is an inspiring collection of four short stories from professional writers as diverse as Toni Morrison and Isaac Asimov, and a further three from the prize-winners of the University’s own inaugural short story competition, all on the theme of Changing Natures. It is more important than ever to ensure that our students feel they are part of the University community. Because we’ll all be reading the same collection of stories, we hope that students and staff will be able to share their thoughts and experiences, whether virtually or face-to-face, with the four chosen stories acting as a catalyst for conversation #livgreatread.