What we're about

This Meetup group aims to explore some of the cultural aspects of life, and get people sharing experiences and getting thinking! We are a relaxed and friendly bunch, and we welcome new members to any of our events!

We host:

Monthly book group, held on the third Wednesday of each month.
Monthly film group, a trip to The Broadway cinema held on the first Wednesday of each month.
Nottingham Classics concerts.
Book swaps, where you can trade your old books with other group members.
Nottingham Café Scientifique and Culturel where, for the price of a coffee or glass of wine, you can come to explore the latest ideas in science and culture. Cafe Sci meets on Monday nights during term time. You can read more about Nottingham's Café Sci here (https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-culture-cafe-sci/pages/about_-_Cafe_Scientifique_et_Culturel_%28Nottingham%29).

We also hold other events or lectures that may be of interest, so why not look at our calendar (https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-culture-cafe-sci/#calendar) and see if anything sparks your interest!

As much as possible we try and co-ordinate our events with those on the Nottingham Social Activities Group (https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-social/) with whom we share many members; so why not join both and have a packed social calendar!

Upcoming events (4+)

Book Group - Non Fiction

The crown Inn

This is a regular non fiction meetup, which takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm.

In February we will be discussing Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor.

We usually have around 10 people attend. Not everyone books via Meet Up. You are welcome to attend regularly or drop in as and when a book takes your fancy. Don't worry if you haven't finished the book.

Fiction Book Group

Vat and Fiddle

This month's book is I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Enjoy reading? Want to share your thoughts about books or just listen to other people’s opinions? Then why not join us, new members are very welcome.
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month in the Visitors' Centre function room at the Vat and Fiddle pub, which is near Nottingham Railway Station.
Grab yourself a drink, then make your way to the room. Please do buy something if you can, as it helps to support the pub who have always been good to us.

THE ROOM HAS LIMITED CAPACITY AND THERE IS USUALLÝ A WAITING LIST SO PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU FIND YOU CAN NO LONGER ATTEND.

Room hire
The Vat and Fiddle are now charging us £10 a time for the room we use. By general agreement the group decided to charge participants £1 per attendance to cover the hire fee. So, if you sign up for a Fiction Book Group event we will assume you are willing to make the £1 contribution. A hat (or similar) will be passed around during the session - either Elizabethan or Carolingian coins are acceptable, the shinier the better.
Correct change please.
If, at some point, there is sufficient surplus, we will waive the charge for a month.
Newbies don't have to pay on their first attendance.

February's book is I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. It was published in 1950.

Isaac Asimov's Robot series of four classic novels - of which I, Robot is the first - contains some of the most influential works in the history of science fiction. Establishing and testing the Three Laws of Robotics, they continue to shape the understanding and design of artificial intelligence to this day.
What happens when a robot begins to question its creators? What would be the consequences of creating a robot with a sense of humour? Or the ability to lie? How do we truly tell the difference between man and machine?
In I, Robot, Asimov sets out the Three Laws of Robotics - designed to protect humans from their robotic creations - and pushes them to their limits and beyond.
Following genius robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin and engineers Powell and Donovan, these short stories helped to transform artificial intelligence from a dream into a science and changed perceptions of robots for ever.

Book selection:
Here is what we will be reading for the subsequent few months:
March - CHARLES BUKOWSKI Post Office (proposed by Gurmej)
April - NOVIOLET BULAWAYO We need new names (Denzil)
May - YAA GYASI Homegoing (Poppy)
June - FRANZ KAFKA Metamorphosis (Alex)
July - NEVILLE SHUTE On the beach (Mary)

Book Group - Non Fiction

The crown Inn

This is a regular non fiction meetup, which takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm.

In March we will be discussing The Land of the Colour Blind by Oliver Sacks

We usually have around 10 people attend. Not everyone books via Meet Up. You are welcome to attend regularly or drop in as and when a book takes your fancy. Don't worry if you haven't finished the book.

Book Group - Non Fiction

The crown Inn

This is a regular non fiction meetup, which takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm.

We usually have around 10 people attend. Not everyone books via Meet Up. You are welcome to attend regularly or drop in as and when a book takes your fancy. Don't worry if you haven't finished the book.

Past events (732)

Fiction Book Group

Vat and Fiddle