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Our book discussion evening is always on the second Tuesday of the month, when we share views and gain new insights into our chosen book. This is a moderated discussion, and everyone has the chance to contribute. The discussion is often lively, but never gets personal. All views and opinions are respected.

We love to socialise and new members are always welcome. There's plenty of time to get to know the rest of the group before, during and after the meeting. There are some notes to help you here (https://www.dropbox.com/s/57qu1lw9mp27lp5/Notes%20for%20New%20Members.docx?dl=0).

As well as our monthly book discussion, we have regular theatre nights and social events. Suggestions for nights out are always welcome.

Anyone who loves reading books and talking about them should join us. Books are always chosen by a democratic vote. This often leads us to some surprising places, but everyone finds it rewarding to read books that they might not have otherwise picked up.

For a list of the books we have read so far, look here (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6r44pv6f49epbg0/Birmingham%20Book%20Club%20meeting%20list.docx?dl=0). Although there is a wide variety, we tend to mostly read fiction of a middle- to highbrow quality.

Upcoming events (5+)

Theatre night. 'The True Historie of Mr William Shakespeare' at the OJS Theatre

Director Kyle Williams will stop at nothing to stage his biography of Shakespeare, and shake off Blowfish Theatre’s reputation for low-brow popular musicals. Nothing will stand in his way. Not a company of thankless plebs, not the stupidity of his audience, and definitely not his own incompetence! Brimming with Blowfish’s characteristic irreverence and caustic humour, The True Historie of Mr William Shakespeare is a brand new satirical farce that takes aim at culture’s greatest prize and those who yearn after it. Meet in the bar at the Old Joint Stock from 7.30 pm. The performance starts at 8.00 pm. Book now as tickets are selling out fast. Please book your tickets online here:https://www.oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/the-true-historie-of-mr-william-shakespeare . Price £15. Once you have your ticket then RSVP from this page.

Book Discussion. 'A Far Cry from Kensington' by Muriel Spark

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE to 5 November. Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, 'A Far Cry from Kensington' hilariously portrays love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation. Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator, takes us well in hand and leads us back to her threadbare postwar years. Everyone is welcome to our Book Discussion. We share views and impressions of our chosen book in a moderated discussion. Opinions are often divided, but the debate is always friendly and respectful. The meeting proper begins at 8.00 and lasts two hours with a half time drinks break. There is more socialising time before and after the meeting.

Theatre night. 'My Beautiful Laundrette' at the Birmingham Rep Theatre

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Set in London during the Thatcher years, My Beautiful Laundrette tells the story of young British Pakistani, Omar, who transforms his uncle's run-down laundrette into a thriving business. After being confronted by a fascist gang, Omar recognises school-friend Johnny and uses their history to diffuse the situation. As they renovate the laundrette together, love blossoms between them. This culture clash comedy is also a subversive work of social realism, sprinkled with magic and joy running through the rich veins of Kureishi's writing. Please book your tickets online here: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/my-beautiful-laundrette.html#event-datesTimes Price £15 - £40. Once you have your ticket then RSVP from this page. We'll meet in the Theatre bar before the show.

Monthly Book Discussion.

The Victoria

Everyone is welcome to our monthly Book Discussion. We share views and impressions of our chosen book in a moderated discussion. Opinions are often divided, but the debate is always friendly and respectful. The meeting proper begins at 8.00 and lasts two hours with a half time drinks break. There is more socialising time before and after the meeting. The book we discuss will be chosen at our November meeting.

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