We’ve distributed the postcards far and wide in North Tyneside, trying to find all you lovely book readers out there who’d just love to come and join us for a friendly informal chat about all things book-based.
Our first meeting is on Wednesday 11th Feb, in a fab new venue for Whitley Bay – the Trojan Rooms, from 7.30-9pm. For those of you not yet familar with them (and if you are a live music fan you may already know them) the Trojan Rooms are on South Parade next door to the Avalon Hotel. Or put another way – facing the sea, they are about half way down, on your left.
Our first book is going to be Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This book, written by Nigeria’s most famous novelist, was one of the first to be written in English, and to find global fame. It deals with Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion, his extended family, and the influences of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on them all. It was chosen partly because it links into an African Festival that New Writing North are running on March 14th in Newcastle – more details will revealed at the meeting!
The meetings will be on the second Wednesday of each month, so the next one is on Wednesday 11th March (7.30-9pm) when we will be discussing God’s Own Country by Yorkshire-born Ross Raisin. It follows Sam Marsdyke, the teenage son of a Yorkshire farmer, who falls for the daughter of a family newly moved in from London, and the tumultuous path that life takes them on.
At the third meeting, on 8th April, we will talk about Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson, a moving tale about lost innocence, as a 67-year old man looks back at the tragic events of a fateful summer in his childhood.
I hope that these books have whetted your appetite, and I’m sure we will all find lots of other suggestions when we get talking – some of the best books I’ve read have been ones that were pipped to the post by others as book club choices, or else even just mentioned in passing!
And don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to finish the book, please come along anyway. See you all on the 11th February!