What we're about

"A good book is an event in my life"

We're a global book group geared towards more literary reads of any genre built for people who love ideas and discussing them! We're based in Leeds, UK but we're open to new Bibliophiles from any nation (except those who might dare to recommend Danielle Steel or Jack Reacher, of course).

Join if you want to engage more with your literature, talk about your favourite books and form them into a true "event" rather than a passing moment from your bookshelf! We also have a sister Meetup "Leeds Culture Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Leeds-Culture-Meetup/)" which hosts theatre, film and other event discussions.

If you'd like to become an event organiser or find out more about either group, please drop me a message :)

N.B.

Black Lives Matter has put racism on the agenda for people who mightn't otherwise have had that conversation worldwide. While we as a book group try to be diverse in our selections, I'm aware that Literature and the discussions around it have traditionally been white. The canon (i.e. the Western Canon) is white. Academia is white. There have been conversations about under-representation of POC along with women and other groups, but change is slow. To have better, more inclusive conversations, we need diversity in our attendance, and I want to encourage that and provide a welcoming space. I won't always get everything right - particularly as I'm lacking direct experience of discrimination and racism but, I hope that my actions will increasingly be conducive to progress. I'd be glad of any suggestions on how I can offer better support to all of our members to this end. I'd also particularly encourage POC to contact me about becoming an event organiser if that's something you're at all interested in.

Upcoming events (5)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

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"The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, his quest for identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a universal testament to the artist's 'eternal imagination"

Join us to discuss this Joycean classic!
You can find a free text here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4217

Some things you may wish to think about (we aren't prescriptive in our discussion - these are just ideas you may wish to run with!):

- What do you think of Joyce's use of religious imagery and language? Why are Father Arnall's three sermons so successful in overcoming Stephen's religious doubt? What role does Catholicism play in his development?
- What makes art such an appealing escape for Stephen?
- What is Cranly's role?
- Think of the role of the figure of the mother and women in Stephen's life
- How does Joyce use stream of consciousness?
- How do the allusions to Greek mythology affect your reading, if at all?

If you're enjoying our events this month and would like to contribute to our Meetup subscription cost, please consider donating £1 or however much you feel it's worth here: https://www.meetup.com/The-Literature-Club/events/xngmvrybcmblc/

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Time for a social!

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Some space to socialise in a joint social with the Culture group - just drop by the Zoom for a chat for however long you like.

We can talk about a book you've read, something you've watched or listened to, an interesting event you've found out about, or anything else which strikes your fancy!

Drop in/out at will. I look forward to seeing you there :)

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Time for a social!

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Some space to socialise in a joint social with the Culture group - just drop by the Zoom for a chat for however long you like.

We can talk about a book you've read, something you've watched or listened to, an interesting event you've found out about, or anything else which strikes your fancy!

Drop in/out at will. I look forward to seeing you there :)

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Regular Book Placeholder

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Placeholder for our regular book discussion!

If you're enjoying our events this month and would like to contribute to our Meetup subscription cost, please consider donating £1 or however much you feel it's worth here: https://www.meetup.com/The-Literature-Club/events/xngmvrybcmblc/

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Past events (92)

Time for a social!

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