Aims and Objectives of the group:
1. To allow reading to cut across personal preferences.
2. To develop dialogue on the experience of the read.
3. To encourage honest exploration of responses to the book read.
4. To avoid a snobbish approach to reading.
Any expertise needed: No expertise – just a willingness to share ideas and responses to the chosen book and to respect the views of other members of the group.
Equipment needed (rough costs if any):
Books are borrowed via the Bedfordshire Library Service. This allows books to be read where a sufficient number is a variable; therefore no cost is involved in the buying of books.
Maximum number permitted in the group: 12
Location, day and time of meetings:
Dunstable Library. Third Monday of each month, 10:00am to 12:00noon
A brief description of a typical meeting:
A chosen book is read by the members. A brief review is given by one member to introduce the discussion. The book is discussed in an informal way amongst the group; this usually takes ¾ hr approx.
Then comes a break (a good cake supplied by Beryl!) and we will use this time for personal chat etc.
Following the break a book of the choice of one person in the group is reviewed and discussed, followed by some poetry and any other publications we see as useful, fun or relevant.
It is the norm of the group to try to keep to our objectives in as informal a way as possible.
We enjoy the meetings, the books and the company of one another.
Our reading group meets monthly to discuss the chosen book with the objective of judging it as "a read". We tackle fiction, non-fiction, contemporary and classics borrowing books from the library. Below are synposises of our views of books we have recently read.