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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've already read previously: 

  • Book 19 — Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights

  • Book 18 — Heather Rose, Museum of Modern Love

  • Book 17 — Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire

  • Book 16 — Claire G. Coleman, Terra Nullius

  • Book 15 — Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • Book 14 — Briohny Doyle, Adult Fantasy

  • Book 13 — Jessa Crispin, Why I Am Not a Feminist

  • Book 12 — Han Kang, The Vegetarian

  • Book 11 —Naomi Alderman, The Power

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

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

  • Book 8 — Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment

  • Book 7 — Chris Kraus, I Love Dick

  • Book 6 — Janet Frame, Faces In The Water

  • Book 5 — Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts

  • Book 4 — Alexis Wright, The Swan Book

  • Book 3 — Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

  • Book 2 — Zadie Smith, NW

  • Book 1 — Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

Upcoming Fem Book Clubs: