Every 3rd Thursday of the Month, 7.30pm
Join us to discuss the book of the month in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Newcomers always welcome. Registration not necessary, just turn up at the right time and be prepared to discuss the book!
During the Summer, we will hold the book club outdoors in the area just in front of the shop. We advise that you bring your own refreshments!
In the event of rain etc., we will move indoors.
16 November, 8.00pm
Join Zara Rahman and Anasuya Sengupta in conversation about Rahman's new book "Machine Readable Me: The Hidden Ways Technology Shapes Our Identities" (404 Ink).
They’ll discuss the ways in which data about who we are influences the paths available to us in life; interrogate the intersections of ubiquitous technology with social justice movements, and consider what alternatives are available to us that grant us agency and dignity.
Zara Rahman is a British-Bangladeshi researcher, writer and moderator based in Berlin, whose interests lie at the intersection of power, technology and justice. She is the author of "Machine Readable Me: The Hidden Ways Technology Shapes Our Identities", published in October 2023 by 404 Ink. She has held fellowships at Stanford University and the Harvard Kennedy School, and serves on the board at Saheli, a non profit providing support and refuge to women of colour fleeing domestic abuse.
Anasuya Sengupta is a poet, writer and Co-Director and co-founder of Whose Knowledge?, a global multilingual campaign to centre the knowledges of marginalised communities (the minoritised majority of the world) online. She is a co-founder and advisor to Numun Fund (the first feminist tech fund for and from the Global South), the former Chief Grantmaking Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, and the former Regional Program Director at the Global Fund for Women. Anasuya is a 2017 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and received a 2018 Internet and Society award from the Oxford Internet Institute. She is on the Scholars’ Council for UCLA’s Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, and the advisory committee for MIT’s Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS).
Free entry. Doors at 19.30.
The event will start at 20:00.
Wednesday 29 March, 8pm
The recent publication of Brigitte Reimann’s novella Siblings by Penguin Classics follows the translation over the past few years of the East German writer’s diaries into English. Both the novella and the diaries speak to the experience of a young, politically engaged woman in the GDR of the 1950s and 1960s. So why the interest now? Reimann’s translator Lucy Jones speaks with Paul Scraton about the importance of the writer’s work fifty years on from her untimely death, about how her work explores a society that attempted to position itself as far away from the horrors of Nazism as possible, and why she remains relevant today.