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Nature in Colour Book Group: Small Bodies of Water

05.09.2022 : 19:00 - 20:00
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The Nature in Colour book group is run by Jess and meets every six weeks to discuss books centering nature, environment, climate and ecology written by writers of colour.

Our place in different landscapes, the ties between us and the non-human world, and how these connections are viewed, controlled or depicted, are all framed by structural oppression and bias. Writers of colour have long been forced to challenge confining models for what it means to write 'about the environment', bringing interdependence, issues of justice and radical change to the fore.

For our next meeting on Sep 5th, we'll be reading Small Bodies of Water by poet and essayist Nina Mingya Powles

We read fiction, non-fic and much in-between. This is a book group that centers the experience and views of writers of colour. Please bear your own position and experience in mind when taking part. All views are valued, and incredibly welcome, but if you don't identify as a reader of colour, please do leave space in discussions for readers of colour to respond first.

The book group is primarily virtual but we'll arrange a couple of in-person gatherings through the year to give us a chance to build connections and get to know each other.

Please order your copy of Small Bodies of Water from the bookshop - which supports the books and helps us cover the cost of running bookclub - get a 10% discount using code MUSHROOM-LIKE-TENDRILS If you're broke please do use our pay-it-forward fund (the code is SOLIDARITY-BOOK-LOVE at checkout) or support your local library.

About Small Bodies of Water:

Nina Mingya Powles first learned to swim in Borneo - where her mother was born and her grandfather studied freshwater fish. There, the local swimming pool became her first body of water.

Through her life there have been others that have meant different things, but have still been, in their own way, home: from the wild coastline of New Zealand to a pond in northwest London. In lyrical, powerful prose, Small Bodies of Water weaves together memories, dreams and nature writing. Exploring everything from migration, food, family, earthquakes and the ancient lunisolar calendar, Nina reflects on a girlhood spent growing up between two cultures, and what it means to belong.

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