At Fem Book Club we read a diverse range of novels by women about women! Through informal conversation about each text we focus on the manifold experiences of being a woman through different moments in history and across varying communities. We think about and challenge what it means to be a woman as an assumed universal experience. We look at how women of colour, transgender and non-binary identifying writers, or those who suffer with mental health issues have vastly different experiences of ‘feminism’ or what it is to be a woman.

We meet each month, focus on an individual text and use it as a departure point to discuss the authors' wider oeuvre and importance in the realm of feminist conversation — how can we use these stories to navigate the world or inform how we think about our place within it? 

If you’re keen to come to each session, order and purchase the texts as soon as possible as some... upcoming sessions are outlined below. Please, don’t hesitate to contact the Centre if you have any questions. This is a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Reading the book and participating in conversation is a must! RSVPS are essential.

Books we have coming up: 

  • Book 8 — Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment — 1 November 2017

  • Book 9 — Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness — 6 December 2017

  • Book 10 — Charlotte Wood, The Natural Way of Things — 10 January 2018 

Books we have already read: 

  • Book 7 — Chris Kraus, I Love Dick — 4 October 2017
  • Book 6 —  Janet Frame, Faces In The Water — 30 Aug 2017
  • Book 5 — Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts — 2 August 2017
  • Book 4 — Alexis Wright, The Swan Book — 19 July 2017
  • Book 3 — Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye — 31 May 2017
  • Book 2 — Zadie Smith, NW — 3 May 2017
  • Book 1 — Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby — 5 April 2017

Upcoming Fem Book Clubs...