If you are interested in becoming a member please note the following:
1. Please send a request to join the Group
2. If you are keen to attend a session then please RSVP to the meet up. Please then contact the host for details of the book for that month . Each book choice is decided on a monthly basis as voted by members . Each month there is a rotation to a member of the group to suggest a choice of books.
3. Meet Ups are currently being held by Zoom given lockdown . If you join by Zoom you must join by video call and show your face . Zoom details will be circulated in advance .
4. We are keen to develop the social gathering aspect of the Group and hope to organise some social gatherings however it is a bit of a challenge at the present time ! Hopefully this will change , and at the first opportunity we hope to organise a get together .
What is the Cosmopolitan Book Club about ?
This is a book club that focuses on all forms of literature, from the trashy holiday reads to the classics. Anything from well-known authors, short stories and even non-fiction - whatever takes our fancy. The aim of the group is to celebrate the joy of reading and meeting new people as well as healthy debate. All welcome, straight, gay, whatever ethnicity you are – we’re looking for a diverse bunch of people.
Format of the group
There will be a meet-up on the last Wednesday of every month. Each meet-up we will discuss the chosen book, have a free-for-all catch up and hold a vote to decide the book for the next-but-one meeting. This gives everyone 1 months to obtain and read each book.
Book suggestions are always welcome. :)
For each meet-up there is an optional contribution of £1 per person to the cover the meetup.com (http://meetup.com/
We request that everyone attending buys something in the venue, whether food, non-alcoholic drink, or alcoholic drink. Unfortunately, the private quiet spaces needed for book club do not come for free. The logistics of a hire fee or minimum spend would be prohibitive, so instead we rely on the good will of the venues, which in turn relies on members spending (a little) money. Please also avoid bringing your own food and drink (except water/medical necessities) as, reasonably enough, venues generally frown on this.
So that we can set up the room correctly, please change your RSVP in advance of the meeting as soon as possible if you are unable to come along. We will aim to choose quiet venues that are easy to access.
Purpose of the group
We aim to create a open and friendly forum to celebrate the joy of reading . A diverse group which is open to broad discussion.
We are a book group
The focus of our discussions is therefore on the book as a book – its tone of voice, how well it is structured, how accessible it is, how well it communicates its message, whether it is something we would recommend to others, how it fits in with issues and whether we enjoyed it. Naturally we will also look at its content and the issues it raises. However, we are not a debating group for campaigns. We recognise the importance of raising awareness of issues but a book club is not the forum for this and we ask that members respect the purpose of the group and engage in discussion with that in mind.
Code of conduct
We have prepared the following code of conduct to help ensure that each discussion is interesting and enjoyable for everyone present. We hope that the points contained in it will seem like common sense. If you have any comments or suggestions on the code of conduct, please contact the organisers using the message function on meet-up and they will take your points into consideration.
Everyone is deemed to have accepted the rules of this code of conduct when they join the group, post on webpages associated with the group and/or attend an event run by the group. If you do not accept this code of conduct, unfortunately you must leave the group.
We, the organisers of the group, may modify the terms of this code of conduct from time to time at our sole discretion, which we will do by updating this document and posting it on the group’s meet-up page.
• We expect everyone who joins this group to accept and be comfortable with it being a book group (see above)
• You do not have to stay at a meet-up event if you feel uncomfortable. You can leave at any time.
• You do not have to participate in the discussion. It is fine to just come and listen.
• Do not pressure anyone else to take part in an activity or to disclose information about themselves. Respect other people’s privacy and their boundaries.
• Do not monopolize the time of the meeting: allow others to contribute to the discussion by not interrupting, not having side conversations and not talking for an excessive amount of time.
• People will have different views and interpretations. Respect the individuality and views of others. Do not use the discussion as a vehicle to try to convince other people that they are wrong. State your view but then move on.
• Please remember that everyone is at a different stage of awareness about various issues. It is fine to point out if something is problematic, but do not assume someone is being malicious.
• If you are unsure of the pronoun someone uses we encourage you to ask them or avoid gendered language by using “they” instead of “he” or “she”. If you ask someone or are corrected about pronouns, please try to use them correctly. We expect everyone to accept a person’s self-identified gender.
• Do not shout, use offensive language, insult anyone or threaten anyone.
• Do not make negative comments or assumptions, or stereotype people on the basis of their ethnicity, class, accent, appearance, gender, disability, sexuality, religion/belief, age, lifestyle or any other factor. Bigoted behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.
Dealing with issues
The organisers will try to deal fairly and respectfully with any issue brought to us. If you want support in challenging anyone’s behaviour or anything they’ve said, please come and talk to one of the organisers or email us via the meet-up page.
Things we may do to deal with a problem:
• communicate to the people concerned that there is a problem and reiterate how we expect people in the group to behave
• ask for an apology
• delete a post
• ask the people concerned to leave you alone
• give the people concerned a warning
• exclude the people concerned from the group
These will be implemented at the discretion of the organisers. The organisers’ decision is final. We may also make reasonable requests that are not specifically included here.