The book group is no longer meeting as the organiser (me!) has moved away and an alternative organiser hasn’t been found. I’ll keep the site here for a while longer in case anyone wants to step up. Thanks to everyone who came along and participated in previous meetings, it was fun!
For October’s meeting we’ll be reading “A Single Man” by Christopher Isherwood. We are meeting on Tuesday 11th October in the evening in central Cheltenham, I hope you can make it – please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the meetup.com page.
If you have ideas for future books for the group to read please let me know.
“A Single Man” is a great read and was made into a film starring Colin Firth a few years back. At 176 pages its not too long and it gets mostly 5 star reviews on amazon.
“Celebrated as a masterpiece from its first publication, A Single Man is the story of George, an English professor in suburban California left heartbroken after the death of his lover, Jim. With devastating clarity and humour, Christopher Isherwood shows George’s determination to carry on, evoking the unexpected pleasures of life as well as the soul’s ability to triumph over loneliness and alienation.”
Big thanks to Saleem Haddad for coming to talk to us about his new book ‘Guapa’ last month which was a cracking read and it was fantastic to hear Saleem talking so articulately about the themes of the book.
Upcoming meetings are as follows:
For July’s meeting we will be reading “Boy Meets Boy” by David Levithan. The meeting is on Tuesday 12th July at 7.30pm – message me or look on meetup for more details.
For August’s meeting we will be reading “A Home at the End of the World” by Michael Cunningham. The meeting is on Tuesday 16th August at 7.30pm.
For September’s meeting we’ll be reading “Maurice” by E. M. Forster. Its a bit of a classic, there’s been a film of it and everything! The meeting is on Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm
Email for more details or if you are interested in joining the group. The other option is to look on meetup.com and search for gay book group near Cheltenham, all the details are there and its a great way to manage RSVPs etc.
For June’s meeting we are reading “Guapa” by Saleem Haddad and I’m delighted to be able to confirm that the author will be coming to Cheltenham to attend our group.
He’ll read part of the book and then answer questions and join in the discussion. We will be paying for his train ticket from London hence we are requesting a donation via the meetup website. This is our first visit from an author so I do hope you will come along and support. New members are very welcome! Start at 6.30pm prompt, but come earlier for a tea/coffee/beer/cake/food if you like.
“Set over the course of 24 hours, Guapa follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country trying to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and religious upheaval. Rasa spends his days translating for Western journalists and pining for the nights when he can sneak his lover, Taymour, into his room. Then one morning Rasa’s grandmother, the woman who raised him, catches them in bed together!”
Email email@example.com or via meetup if you have any questions.
There is a day of events lined up for IDAHOT in Cheltenham. RSVP to Lillie (email address at the bottom of the poster) if you are interested in attending, there are a few of us going to the evening event. Let me know if you get a ticket off Lillie and I’ll look out for you there!
For July’s meeting we will be reading “Boy Meets Boy” by David Levithan. Tuesday 12th July 7.30pm.
The Guardian says its “Intimate, feel-good and quick-fire”, the Telegraph “Funny and clever and touching”. Sounds good to me! I hope you can come.
For August’s meeting we will be reading “A Home at the End of the World” by Michael Cunningham. Tuesday 16th August 7.30pm.
“Extremely intelligent, moving and accomplished. Cunningham has mastered the art of evoking the richness of domestic lives” according to the Sunday Times
For September’s meeting we’ll be reading “Maurice” by E. M. Forster. Tuesday 13th September 7.30pm.
Its a bit of a classic, there’s been a film of it and everything! Starring a very young Hugh Grant! It is they say “Compellingly honest and beautifully written” so a good read I hope. I hope you can make it along to the meeting.
I have created a group on Meetup for the book group, go to meetup.com and search for gay or book group near Cheltenham and you will find it. Sign up and you will see the forthcoming meetings and can RSVP. I’m thinking that meetup may become the main way of running the group so do join if you can. There are lots of other groups there you can join as well!