I am proud to announce that on the 1st of July, the Angela Carter Bookclub launches. Meetings will take place in the cafe of Waterstones Bristol Galleries on the first Saturday of every month at 11:30am. I have put together a tentative schedule that covers the next six months. This is subject to change, so if you have any suggestions then please drop me a comment below or message me directly using the Contact form from the menu above. For now, though, click on the link below to read the schedule:
Every month we will read one primary text by Angela Carter, starting with her short story collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. I will also suggest an optional extra text, such as an essay, book chapter or review, which will complement the primary text for that month. Our first optional extra text is an essay by Carter herself, entitled ‘Notes from the Front Line’, which is collected in Sharking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writings. Waterstones have informed me that they will endeavour to have copies of these titles in stock for you to purchase. If copies are not available in the store, Waterstones have an efficient customer order system so check their website or ask a member of staff for help with ordering a title.
For those of you who would like to join the Angela Carter Bookclub but live outside of the Bristol area, please get in touch using the Contact page or message me on Facebook and Twitter. Then, every month, please feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about the text we are reading on either Facebook or Twitter. If anyone would like to write a short review and have it published here, please get in touch.
I have also created a complementary Angela Carter reading group on Goodreads, a website that brings together people passionate about reading. The reading group provides an online space for people to share their thoughts about Carter’s writings, recommend particular books, and also features information about the Bookclub events in Bristol. If you are interested in joining this group, head over to the Goodreads website and create an account. The Angela Carter reading group can be found here.
I look forward to seeing some of you at our first meeting in a couple of weeks’ time and to hearing from others online.