LGBTQIA+ Book Group

POSTPONED

Unfortunately, given the new rules in place to help slow the spread of Covid-19, we have taken the decision to postpone the group for a little while in order to get everything in place for an online meeting. We will probably be holding this in October (which gives us all plenty of time to read it!) Do keep checking here for updates or contact us on Twitter/Instagram via email or over the phone.

Well of Loneliness Book Group 1

For our next LGBTQIA+ book group – we’ll be reading…

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall!

Stephen is an ideal child of aristocratic parents—a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions.

The Well of Loneliness was banned for obscenity when published in 1928. It became an international bestseller, and for decades was the single most famous lesbian novel. It has influenced how love between women is understood, for the twentieth century and beyond.

We had a really great return to this special group at the end of July and it was a delight to sit with everyone in the park, even despite being eaten alive by mosquitos! One of our dear regulars summed it up perfectly with a quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest:

“How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in it!”

Please contact us for any more info! 

As always, this book group is free and open for anyone to attend. We look forward to seeing you!