Book Club News - Including moving to Thursdays from November!

Hello All

Firstly the big news is that from November, Book Club will be on a THURSDAY. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and it has been a long time coming. Work and life commitments mean that Wednesday just doesn't work anymore. It seems that for most people this will be ok but apologies to anyone for whom it isn't. It will still be at the Crucible corner at 7.45.

Next Book Club is NEXT WEEK and this will be our last Wednesday. Wednesday 12th October 7.45 at the Crucible Corner. We are reading 'The Time Machine' by H. G. Wells.  

Poetry Club

THIS WEEK, Wednesday 5th October. 7.45 at Crucible Corner. This month we are reading 'Goblin Market' by Cristina Rossetti. you can find it below. We may also look at 'Remember' if there is time.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44996
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44996

Pub Club

This is back after a few months hiatus. It is essentially us going to the pub! We are meeting THIS FRIDAY 7th October. We are going to try the Sheffield Tap (on platform 1 at the train station - nice traditional pub with good beer) and will be meeting at 8pm. This is open to everyone and is a good way to meet new people and get to know others better. There has been a suggestion of trying different pubs around Sheffield and marking them out of 10......

Big Book

This month is a Big Book month. We are meeting Wednesday 26th October, 7.45, Crucible Corner. We are reading 'Riders' by Jilly Cooper. This is a genre that we haven't really gone into before and it's one of the best of it's kind, so it should be fun. If you think it's not high brow enough then Jilly Cooper won an OBE for services to literature and the Queen can't be wrong.

Book List

This is the list of the books for the next few months, including those for Big Book. We hope there are at least a few on here that you will enjoy. As always we have tried to get a varied mix of styles and genres.

  • Oct 12th - The Time Machine by H G Wells
  • Nov 10th - Casino Royale by Ian Flemming
  • Dec 8th - Christmas book club, graphic novel Persepolis by Marjorie Satrapi
  • Jan 12th - The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro
  • Feb 9th - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Big Books

This happens every 3 months and it gives us the opportunity to read bigger books we don't have time for at 'normal' Book Club.

  • Oct 26th - Riders by Jilly Cooper (this was much requested and so we have given in)
  • Jan 26th - The Outcast by Sadie Jones (not as big as some big books)

Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

Book Club - upcoming events

Hello All

Next Book Club is Wednesday 13th July, 7.45 at the Crucible Corner. We are reading 'Flowers for Algernon' by Daniel Keyes. A little bit of summer Sci-Fi. It's a relatively quick read so not too late to get started.

Big Book

This happens every 3 months on the 4th Wednesday of the month. It gives us the opportunity to read a bigger book.

July is a Big Book month. We're reading "Testament of Youth' by Vera Brittain. It on Wednesday 27th July, 7.45 at the Crucible Corner.

Theatre Trip

We are going to watch 'No Man's Land' on Thursday 11th August at the Crucible. It is a play by Harold Pinter staring Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart. The tickets are £38. Emily has the tickets now and so If you have reserved one then can you pay her soon.

Book List

This is the list of the books for the next few months, including those for Big Book. We hope there are at least a few on here that you will enjoy. As always we have tried to get a varied mix of styles and genres.

  • July 13th - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Aug 10th - Disgrace by JM Coetzee
  • Sept 14th - State of Wonder by Ann Pratchett
  • Oct 12th - The Time Machine by H G Wells
  • Nov 9th - Casino Royale by Ian Flemming
  • Dec 14th - Christmas book club, graphic novel Persepolis by Marjorie Satrapi
  • Jan 11th - The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro
  • Feb 8th - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Big Books

  • July 27th - Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Oct 26th - Riders by Jilly Cooper (this was much requested and so we have given in)
  • Jan 25th - The Outcast by Sadie Jones (not as big as some big books)

Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

October Book Club: ‘Frankenstein’

Hello all

Thanks to all those who came down for 'The Reader'. As always it was a fascinating discussion.

Next Book Club is Wednesday 14th October 7.30 at the Crucible Corner.  We are reading 'Frankenstein'  by Mary Shelley. It needs little introduction but you may not have actually read the book before, enjoy!

New Book List

Thank you for all the suggestions for the new book list. We have now compiled a list of the books for the next few months, including those for Big Book. We hope there are at least a few on here that you will enjoy. As always we have tried to get a varied mix of styles and genres.

  • Nov 11th - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Dec 9th - An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestly (a play which is showing in February)
  • Jan 13th - Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Feb 10th - The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • March 9th - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • April 13th - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  • May 11th - No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • June 8th - Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  • July 13th - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Big Books

  • Jan 27th - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabbon
  • April 27th - A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • July 27th - Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

Poetry Club

Wednesday 30th September, Crucible Corner, 7.30. This month we'll be reading a couple of Romantic classics by John Keats: 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'. These are two of Keats' more famous poems, exploring the timeless Romantic themes of beauty and death, as well as, er, ornithology and pottery.

Off the Shelf

The Sheffield Literary festival is happening and Clare would like to promote a 'Meet the author' event with Simon Beckett. Friday 16th Oct, Frecheville Library. For further details, see the link
http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/events/meet-the-author-simon-beckett

National Theatre Live

The Broadway production of 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck is showing at the Showroom cinema. Thursday 19th November, 7.00. We think for this trip it might be easier for people to buy their own tickets and we can meet before hand.

Check out the Facebook page fore further events in the offing.

Big Book

This is an extra Book Club that happens every 3 months to allow us extra time to read a bigger book. It is on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner.
Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

June Book Club: ‘The Catcher in the Rye’

Hello All

Thanks yo everyone who came along for Trainspotting. It was pretty well received and provided for some great discussion. It scored a very healthy 7.16

Next Book Club is Wednesday 10th June 7.30 at the Crucible Corner.  We are reading 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J. D. Salinger. 

"A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 250,000 copies are sold each year with total sales of more than 65 million books. The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, loss, connection, and alienation."

Eurovision Club 

Tracy is hosting at her house on Saturday 23rd May, There will be national themed food and national dress is encouraged, choose a country of your choice. Reply to the email for address etc.

Poetry Club

This month's Poetry Club is on Wednesday 27th May, 7.30 at the Crucible corner. We are looking at the theme of Time. Please bring a few printouts of your favourite poem about Time (however you choose to define that) and we'll put them all in the middle, read them out and talk about them!

Big Book

Big Book is in June, Wednesday 24th June, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner. We'll be chatting about American Gods by Neil Gaiman. A Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on the mysterious and taciturn Shadow. 

Pub Club

The next pubbage is Friday 29th May at Shakespear's on Gibraltar St in town. 7pm to watch Rhys perform some comedy/ drama or 8.30 onwards for simple pubbage. Everyone welcome.

Steve is having a concert - The Endcliffe Orchestra,  on Saturday 27th June, 7:30 start (doors open from 7), Ecclesall Church, Ecclesall, Ringinglow Road, S11 7PQ. The programme contains music by Bach, Schubert, Wagner and the two winners of our recent composing competition, which means that we are covering music from the early 18th century right up to music that was written last year!! I'm recommending this concert because it's going to be great - the best we've done so far! ;)

2015 Book list

  • June - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger
  • July - Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  • Aug - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sept - The Reader by Prof Bernhard Schlink
  • Oct - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Big Book

This is an extra Book Club that happens every 3 months to allow us extra time to read a bigger book. It is on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner.

  • 24th June - American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  • 23rd Sept - The Stand - Stephen King


Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

April Book Club: ‘Persuasion’

Hi all,

Book Club is this Wednesday 8th April 7.30 at the Crucible Corner. We're going classic and reading 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen. 

"Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. A story of regret and the question of whether a reunion is possible? This is Jane Austen's final finished work."

Remember book club is all about giving you an opportunity to read things you might not naturally pick up (again!?).

Poetry Club

Next Poetry club is on Wednesday 22nd April, subject to be decided

Book Club trip to Bath

This year's outing is going to be to the lovely Spa town of Bath, loosely related to reading Persuasion in April. We are going with Saturday May 2nd till the 3rd or 4th. Most transport and accommodation is booked but it's not too late to join us! Let us know.

2015 Book list

  • April - Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • May - Tainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  • June - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger
  • July - Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  • Aug - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sept - The Reader by Prof Bernhard Schlink
  • Oct - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Big Book

This is an extra Book Club that happens every 3 months to allow us extra time to read a bigger book. It is on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner.

  • 24th June - American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  • 23rd Sept - The Stand - Stephen King

Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

March Book Club: ‘Slaughterhouse Five’

Hello All

Thanks to the record number (33) of people who came down for Book Club last time. It was a great night. The book however was not so great and scored a disappointing 4.16!

Next Book Club is 11th March, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner. We're reading 'Slaughterhouse Five' by Kurt Vonnegut.

"...Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden."

Big Book

This month is also Big Book, 25th March, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner. We'll be reading the hefty 'The Blind Assassin' by Margaret Atwood.

"Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe. By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama."

Book Club trip to Bath

This year's outing is going to be to the lovely Spa town of Bath, loosely related to reading Persuasion in April. I think we're going to go with Saturday May 2nd till the 3rd or 4th. If you fancy going then let us know as we're going to start looking for accommodation and things to do. If you have any suggestions we'd love to hear them.

2015 Book list

  • March - Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  • April - Persuasion by Jane Austen

  • May - Tainspotting by Irvine Welsh

  • June - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

  • July - Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

  • Aug - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Sept - The Reader by Prof Bernhard Schlink

  • Oct - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Big Book

This is an extra Book Club that happens every 3 months to allow us extra time to read a bigger book. It is on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner.

  • 25th March - The Blind Assassin by Margaret Attwood

  • 24th June - American Gods - Neil Gaiman

  • 23rd Sept - The Stand - Stephen King

Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

February Book Club: ‘The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman’

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Thanks to the multitude who came down for the last Book Club, it was excellent and got our year off to a good start. Mrs Dalloway had some polar views and despite some great individual scores it had a rather sorry overall score of 6.92.

Next time remember to go to the bar first for a drink before sitting down at 7.45, we want to try and avoid overcrowding people still eating.

Next Book Club is Wednesday 11th February 7.30 at the Crucible Corner. This month we are reading 'The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman' by Denis Theriault.

"...Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman. When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing only a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple, who write to each other using only beautiful poetry. He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs. But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him…"

Pub Club

The next pub event is Friday 6th February, 7.30 at The Red Deer in town. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Book Club trip to Bath

This year's outing is going to be to the lovely Spa town of Bath, loosely related to reading Persuasion in April. We need to get a date ASAP so we can start booking things like accommodation etc. How do people feel about the May Bank Holiday weekend, May 2nd - 4th? This would give an extra day for travel etc.

What worked well last time is people organising their own accommodation centrally and then meeting up to do things in the town. We could see if there are any good deals on although probably not likely over the BH. Once we've set the date we can get moving to organise anything else we fancy, I'm sure it will involve a trip to the Baths. 

Please email if you are interested and we can chat more and decide a date at the next Book Club.

2015 Book list

  • Feb - The Peculiar life of the Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault
  • March  - Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vannegut
  • April - Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • May - Tainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  • June - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger
  • July - Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  • Aug - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sept - The Reader by Prof Bernhard Schlink
  • Oct - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Big Book

This is an extra Book Club that happens every 3 months to allow us extra time to read a bigger book. It is on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner.

  • 25th March - The Blind Assassin by Margaret Attwood
  • 24th June - American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  • 23rd Sept - The Stand - Stephen King

October Book Club

Last Bookclub was great and thanks to all who came along. There was a lot of love for 'Carter Beats The Devil' and it got an impressive three 10s. However there was a few apathetic responses so it's overall score was 7.42.

October's book club is Wednesday 8th October. We're reading Small Gods by Terry Pratchett. This is the 13th book in the highly successful Discworld novels. We've chosen this as it's very funny and, more than the others, can be read on its own.

".....Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods. Who come in all shapes and sizes. In such a competitive environment, there is a pressing need to make one's presence felt. And it's certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast. Preferably one who won't ask too many questions..."

Twelfth Night at the Crucible

We're going to get another fix of The Bard, because we just can't get enough! Wednesday 15th October, 7.30. tickets will be around £21. I'm booking tickets at the end of this week and if you want to come you need to let me know ASAP if you want to sit with us. Of course you can book your own tickets and meet us for drinks.

Film Club

The next Film Club is Friday 19th September hosted by the Offutts. We're going to watch the film of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest' and then some light relief afterwards, maybe the Australian classic 'Strictly Ballroom'. If you're interested let us know and we'll give you the address etc.

Poetry Club

Wednesday 24th September, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner.

We're reading T.S Eliot's, The Wasteland. "...it's a dense and allusive (and possibly elusive) Modernist poem capturing the bleakness that Eliot perceived in early 20th Century London.

There are so many voices in the poem that it should be an interesting one for us to read out loud. Here's some inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tixX32WKN5Y..."

Book Quiz

Wednesday 29th October, 6.30-8.00, Carpenter room, Central Library, Surrey Street in town. We're making a team and going to take on all challengers. "..Can you emerge victorious in our battle of the book lovers? Test your passion and knowledge against other reading groups, workplaces and bibliophiles. Drinks and snacks are provided and prizes are to be won..."

The Big Book 

This is an extra Book Club that happens every 3-4 months on the 4th Wednesday of the month. It gives us a chance to read a bigger book! 

The next one is in November
Nov 26th - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clark

2014 Book list

Oct - Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
Nov - Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler
Dec - Watchmen - Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons - (A non Christmassy graphic novel for Christmas)
Jan - Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Facebook Page

Make sure you visit our Book Club facebook page and 'like' it here. You can also keep up to date with current books, events and comments from others. Feel free to post your thoughts there and any book recommendations!

Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

July Book Club

Happy July

Book club is Next Wednesday, 9th July, 7.30 at Crucible Corner. We're reading “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. 

The Big Book

This is an extra Book Club that happens every 3-4 months on the 4th Wednesday of the month. It gives us a chance to read a bigger book! 

  • Aug 27th - Crow Road - Iain Banks
  • Nov 26th - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clark

Book Club Meal Out

We're going out for Southern Indian food at Mavelli's on Glossop Rd on Wednesday 16th July. The table is booked for 7.30. If you'd like to come but haven't given your name then let us know ASAP.

Book Club in Stratford

Not long till our Stratford trip on Saturday 19th July, to see 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' by RSC. There has been some conversation on Facebook and if you're going and haven't seen it then get in touch. Most people are getting there around lunch time on the Saturday. We'll have dinner somewhere before the performance then go for drinks afterwards.

New Book list

Thanks for all your suggestions for books. They have all been perused and we have finally come up with the books for the rest of the year;

  • July - One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey
  • Aug - Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
  • Sep - Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
  • Oct - Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
  • Nov - Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler
  • Dec - Watchmen - Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons - (A non Christmassy graphic novel for Christmas)
  • Jan - Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Facebook Page

Make sure you visit our Book Club facebook page and 'like' it here. You can also keep up to date with current books, events and comments from others. Feel free to post your thoughts there and any book recommendations!

Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

June Book Club

Hello Book Clubbers

Last Book Club was great, 'The Marrying of Chani Kuffman' was well received and got a very respectable score of 7.5. 

Next Book club is Wednesday, 11th June, 7.30 at Crucible Corner. We're reading 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' by Zora Neale Hurston. "One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom."

The Big Book

May is a 'Big Book' month.
This is an extra Book Club that happens every 3-4 months on the 4th Wednesday of the month. It gives us a chance to read a bigger book! 

  • May 28th - Long Walk to Freedom: The autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 27th - Crow Road - Iain Banks
  • Nov 26th - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clark

Monkey Butler Show

Showroom Cafe Bar, Friday 23rd May, 8pm (door 7.30) £4 (£3 concession)
Need cheering up after a long week at work? A few of our Book Club guys are part of an improv comedy group, Monkey Butler Improv, and are performing this Friday, guaranteed to provide some intelligent yet ridiculous comedy, a feast for the emotions!

Book Club Meal Out

We were thinking that we were due another meal out some time soon and thought about Wednesday 16th July as a possible date. Please let us know if you'd be interested and send us any suggestions for places we could go. We can discuss soon.

Poetry Club

Next Poetry Club is 25th June, 7.30 at Crucible Corner. 

Book Club in Stratford

We're having a night away in Stratford to have fun and watch some Shakespeare on Saturday 19th July, travelling down on the Saturday and staying till Sunday. We are going to see 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' by RSC. Tickets are already purchased but there may be a few left if you still want to come along - last we heard they were going fast. We're staying at the travelodge and if you wanted to come (but not go to the play) you'd be very welcome.

New Book list

Thanks for all your suggestions for books. They have all been perused and we have finally come up with the books for the rest of the year;

  • June - Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  • July - One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey
  • Aug - Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
  • Sep - Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
  • Oct - Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
  • Nov - Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler
  • Dec - Watchmen - Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons - (A non Christmassy graphic novel for Christmas)
  • Jan - Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Pub Club

Bookclubbers at the pub, plain and simple. 

Facebook Page

Make sure you visit our Book Club Facebook page and 'like' it here. You can also keep up to date with current books, events and comments from others. Feel free to post your thoughts there and any book recommendations!

Happy Reading!

Rachel & Emily

May Book Club and new book list

Hello Book Clubbers

Book club is THIS Wednesday, 14th May, 7.30 at Crucible Corner. We're reading 'The Marrying of Chani Kuffman' by Eve Harris. This was on the long list for the Man Booker prize in 2013. It looks at the marriage of 18yr old Chani, from the ultra-orthodox Jewish community in North West London. Soon, buried secrets, fear and sexual desire bubble to the surface in a story of liberation and choice.

New Book list
Thanks for all your suggestions for books. They have all been perused and we have finally come up with the books for the rest of the year;

May - The Marrying of Chani Kuffman by Eve Harris 
June - Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
July - One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey
Aug - Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
Sep - Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
Oct - Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
Nov - Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler
Dec - Graphic novel for Christmas - we can discuss

Poetry Club
The last poetry club talking about 'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg was an introduction into Beat culture and thoroughly enjoyable. There is no poetry club in May due to the 'big book' but it returns again in June.
Therefore next Poetry Club is 25th June, 7.30 at Crucible Corner. 

The Big Book
May is a 'Big Book' month.
This is an extra book club that happens every 3-4 months on the 4th Wednesday of the month. It gives us a chance to read a bigger book! 

May 28th - Long Walk to Freedom: The autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Aug 27th - Crow Road - Iain Banks
Nov 26th - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clark

Book Club in Stratford
We're having a night away in Stratford to have fun and watch some Shakespeare on Saturday 19th July, travelling down on the Saturday and staying till Sunday. We are going to see 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' by RSC. Tickets are already purchased but there may be a few left if you still want to come along - last we heard they were going fast. We're staying at the travelodge and if you wanted to come (but not go to the play) you'd be very welcome.

Pub Club
Bookclubbers at the pub, plain and simple. 


Facebook Page
Make sure you visit our Book Club facebook page and 'like' it here. You can also keep up to date with current books, events and comments from others. Feel free to post your thoughts there and any book recommendations!

Happy Reading!

April Book Club and Stratford trip

Next Book club is Wednesday 9th April, 7.30 at Crucible Corner. We're reading 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck. If you're reading it for the first time or the fifth, hopefully it will offer something new.

Book Club in Stratford

We're planning a night away in Stratford to have fun and watch some Shakespeare. The proposed date is Saturday 19th July, travelling down on the Saturday and staying till Sunday. We would like to see 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' by RSC but we will need to move fast to get tickets. Looking on the website there are a few tickets left in the upper circle, they are mostly 'restricted view' at £18. Obviously the restricted view isn't great but it makes it much more affordable. We have some names already but If you would like to come then you need to let us know by replying to this email by WEDNESDAY as this is when we will be buying the tickets. You can of course buy your own tickets later if needed if there are any still available.
Once we have these tickets then we can book some accommodation in the centre. More details to follow.

Poetry Club

Next Poetry Club is 26th March, 7.30 at Crucible Corner. This month we're reading Sylvia Plath to cheer us up a bit. In particular we'll be reading:

The Applicant, Lady Lazarus, Night Dances, Letter in November, Daddy, You're, Edge, Blackberrying.

All of these, apart from the last one, are from 'Ariel' which is he best known collection.

The Big Book

This is an extra book club that happens every 3-4 months on the 4th wednesday of the month. It gives us a chance to read a bigger book! As we've been a little slow choosing the book we are going to push it back to May to give people enough chance to read it.

May 28th - Long Walk to Freedom: The autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Aug 27th - Crow Road - Iain Banks

Book List

April - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
May - The Marrying of Chani Kuffman by Eve Harris (booker long list)
June - Their eyes were watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Pub Club

Bookclubbers at the pub, plain and simple.

December Book Club — Christmas Special book swap

Hello Book Clubbers

Our last book 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' by Milan Kundera provoked huge amounts of discussion and strong emotions! A book that was totally life changing for some and a waste of a week for others!

Christmas at Book Club

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It is now time to talk about Christmas! Well be having our Book Club Christmas special on Wednesday 11th December, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner. We will be having food and a Christmas book swap. We have booked a table and they are going to give us the menu beforehand (they have not yet emailed it so we will send it in a separate email).  The 'Book swap' is simple, bring a book, receive a book. A few rules; it must be a book you would like someone to read rather than one you just want to get rid of, it can't be a previous book club book and it needs to be wrapped. If you would like to join us then please let us know and we can add you to the list. Normal Book Club resumes in January. If you haven't been before you are more than welcome to turn up for the Christmas one.

The Big Book

This is an extra book club that happens every 3-4 months on the 4th wednesday of the month. It gives us a chance to read a bigger book!

January 22nd - A Tale of two Cities by Charles Dickens

Pub Club

Bookclubbers at the pub, plain and simple. Next one is THIS Saturday 30th November, 8pm at the Red Deer pub in town.

Film Club

Film club last Friday was great. 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Airplane' turned out to be a great combination! Next is Sunday 8th December - Watching the new Dracula film at the Showroom cinema in town, 2.00pm. Click here to book your ticket.

New Book List

  • January - The day of the triffids by John Wyndham

  • February - Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xiaolong

  • March - Perfume by Patric Suskind

  • April - Of mice and men by John Steinbeck

Facebook Page

Make sure you visit our Book Club facebook page and 'like' it here. You can also keep up to date with current books, events and comments from others. Feel free to post your thoughts there and any book recommendations!

Happy Reading! And book wrapping!

Rachel & Emily

November Book Club — ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ by Milan Kunder

Hello Book Clubbers

Thanks to all who came away for the Whitby weekend. It was a roaring success and I think everyone would agree we had a great time.

Here are details of this month, big book, Christmas and new books on the list.

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Next Book club is Wednesday 13th November, 7.30, at Crucible Corner, Tudor square. We're reading 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' by Milan Kundera. Juxtaposing Prague, Geneva, Thailand and the United States, a story of irreconcilable loves and infidelities. Milan Kundera addresses himself to the nature of twentieth-century 'Being' In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by fortuitous events, a world in which everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. We feel, says the novelist, 'the unbearable lightness of being' - not only as the consequence of our private acts but also in the public sphere, and the two inevitably intertwine. (apparently!)

The Big Book

This is an extra book club that happens every 3-4 months on the 4th wednesday of the month. It gives us a chance to read a bigger book!

NEXT WEEK - October 23rd - Ulysses by James Joyce. There has been some raised eyebrows at this choice, however it was chosen as a lot of people would at least like to have a go at reading it. For this session, not finishing it or not even starting it and just turning up to see what it's all about is allowed. (For a cheats guide, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/3810193.stm)

January 22nd - A Tale of two Cities by Charles Dickens

Christmas at Book Club

It is now time to talk about Christmas! We'll be having our Book Club Christmas special onWednesday 11th December, 7.30 at the Crucible Corner. We will be having food and a Christmas book swap. We have booked a table and they are going to give us the menu beforehand.  The 'Book swap' is simple, bring a book, receive a book. A few rules; it must be a book you would like someone to read rather than one you just want to get rid of, it can't be a previous book club book and it needs to be wrapped. If you would like to join us then please let us know and we can add you to the list.

I'm sure we'll be having a Christmas edition of Pub club, watch this space!

Pub Club

Bookclubbers at the pub, plain and simple. This happens quite regularly so check out the Facebook page or ask at book club for the next date.

New Book List

13th Nov - The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kindera

11th Dec - Christmas meal at Crucible Corner (That's not a book title!) and maybe a play that is optional to read that we can go to see at the theatre in the new year? We will also be repeating the Christmas book swap.

January - The day of the triffids by John Wyndham

February - Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xiaolong

March - Perfume by Patric Suskind

April - Of mice and men by John Steinbeck

Happy Reading.

Rachel & Emily

October Book Club — ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker

Hello Bookclubbers

Thanks to all who came to our poetry experiment. While we may not do poetry again in a 'regular' book club there was definitely an appetite for the spoken word, so watch this space.

Next Book club is Wednesday 9th October, 7.30 at Crucible Corner, Tudor square. It's all getting a little bit sinister as we read 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker, (the world's most famous Bram). A 1897 Gothic horror novel, famous for introducing the character Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing

Trip to Whitby!
To continue the Dracula theme in October we are going on a tenuously-linked trip to Whitby on Saturday October 12th and Sunday 13th (not the 'Goth weekend'). Most people are booked in at the YHA in Whitby, with a few people staying in hotels etc. If you would like to join us we'd be happy to see if we could book you in at the YHA - alternatively you could sort your own accommodation or just come for the day on Saturday.
 
We're thinking fish and chips, beach fun, Abbey trip, finding some Dracula 'sights' and pubbage in the evening.

Meal out
We're going to Amigos on London rd for some Mexican food on Wednesday 25th September, meet at the restaurant at 7.30. It's BYOB and we've decided against the set menu as the actual menu looks a lot better. Let us know if you'd like to come and we can add you to the list.

The Big Book

This is an extra book club that happens every 3-4 months on the 4th wednesday of the month. It gives us a chance to read a bigger book!

October 23rd - Ulysses by James Joyce. There has been some raised eyebrows at this choice, however it was chosen as a lot of people would at least like to have a go at reading it. For this session, not finishing it or not even starting it and just turning up to see what it's all about is allowed. (For a cheats guide, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/3810193.stm)

January 22nd - A Tale of two Cities by Charles Dickens

Pub Club
Bookclubbers at the pub, plain and simple. This happens quite regularly so check out the Facebook page or ask at book club for the next date.

Film night
Rich is hosting a film night at his flat, Kelham Island. Friday 20th September. We'll be meeting at the Fat Cat pub in Kelham Island at 6.30 for a quick drink then a walk over to the flat. The plan is to watch two films 'Whip it' (female) and 'Fight Club' (Male) for a contrast. If you might be late then contact us for Rich's address. Bring snacks and drinks.

Book list

9th Oct - Dracula - Bram Stoker

13th Nov - The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kindera

11th Dec - Christmas meal at Crucible Corner (That's not a book title!) and maybe a play that is optional to read that we can go to see at the theatre in the new year? We will also be repeating the Christmas book swap.

New Book List - We took loads of suggestions last book club so we will be compiling the list over the next few weeks.

Facebook Page
Make sure you visit our Book Club facebook page and 'like' it here. You can also keep up to date with current books, events and comments from others. Feel free to post your thoughts there and any book recommendations!

Happy Reading.

Rachel & Emily

 

MB Unplugged - Free Improv Comedy this Friday, 9th August @ The Riverside!

MB Unplugged, our improv comedy lab for new and established MB superstars, is back at The Riverside for another night of hilarious improv comedy this Friday, 9th August!!

MB Improv performances are 100% made up on-the spot comedy scenes and silliness based your suggestions - anything can, and often does, happen!

The show is completely, 100% FREE! of course, if you like, you could share a few coins on the night for MB's favourite charity, The Children's Society - have a laugh, change the world. And be sure to bring a few more coins for the great collection of delicious local ales on offer at The Riverside.

Doors open from 7:50 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to grab your seats early!

Let us know you're coming by responding to the Facebook event

August Book Club— ‘The Great Gatsby' by F Scott Fitzgerald

The next Book club is,  Wednesday 14th August, 7.30 at Crucible Corner. We are reading 'The Great Gatsby' by F Scott Fitzgerald. A story exploring the themes of decadence, idealism, social upheaval and excess, set in the roaring 20s in America.

The Big Book

This is an extra book club that happens every 3-4 months to give us a chance to read a bigger book!

The next one is THIS Wednesday 24th July - Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (mainly chosen so that we never have to have another discussion about whether we should read it!) 

Trip to Whitby!

As we are reading Dracula in October we have decided on a tenuous trip to Whitby. By general consensus it has been booked for the second weekend in October 12th and 13th. You have the option of either just going for the Saturday or staying till the Sunday. There is a lot of enthusiasm for staying over so we will start looking at some accommodation. Let us know ASAP if you would like to come, so far we have:

Emily and Ryan,       Rachel and family, 
Seema,                    Clare, 
Steve,                      Tracy
Alex,                        Alex
Rachel,                    Laura
Emma
 
If you have any ideas for accommodation then let us know.

Book list

  • 14th Aug - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 11th Sep - Poetry - Songs of innocence and experience by Blake - Ed is going to choose some specific ones for us all to read.
  • 9th Oct - Dracula - Bram Stoker
  • 13th Nov - The unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kindera
  • 11th Dec - Christmas meal at Crucible Corner (That's not a book title!) and maybe a play that is optional to read that we can go to see at the theatre in the new year?

Happy Reading.

Rachel & Emily

May Book Club and the Big Book

Hello All

Here is some information about May book club but don't forget April still has a lot going for it! There's pub club, big book club and the book club social to Bradford!

Next book club is, Wednesday 8th May, 7.30 Crucible corner. We'll be reading 'The line of beauty' by Alan Hollinghurst, a Booker prize winner about love, class, sex and money in the Thatcherite 1980s, a complete coincidence but rather timely. Apologies that it's a rather big book at the same time as 'big book'......be antisocial for a while!

The Big Book

Big book will be on Wednesday, April 24th. 7.30pm at the Crucible Corner. We'll be reading Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey. A story about the fall of an English dynasty in local Wentworth. Initially recommended by our very own Steve but subsequently recommended by others, should be good....and big!

July - Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (mainly chosen so that we never have to have another discussion about whether we should read it!)

Book Club in Bradford! 

We're off to see The Pitman Painters' play at Bradford Alhambra Theatre on Sat 20th April at 2.30pm and then we'll be going out for a curry afterwards. Hopefully most people have settled their debts but if not just bring cash on the day. If you're not on the list but would like to come then there may be tickets still available from the box office. 

We'll be going on the train and will be meeting at Sheffield station at 11.30 on the saturday, should be home around 8 or 9pm.

Book list

May - The line of beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
June - The spy who came in from the cold by John le Caree
July - The book Thief by Markus Zusch
Aug - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Sep - Poetry - Songs of innocence and experience by Blake - Ed is going to choose some specific ones for us all to read.
Oct - Dracula - Bram Stoker
Nov - The unbearable lightness of being - Milan Kindera

Happy reading,

Rachel and Emily

MB Improv: Live Show, Friday 5th April!

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MB Improv takes to the main stage at the Showroom Cinema Cafe Bar on Friday, 5th April!

MB Improv performances are 100% made up on-the spot, based on audience suggestions. Anything can (and usually does) happen! 

Tickets are only £3 (payable at the door), and all proceeds from the event go to support MB's favourite charity, The Children's Society - have some laughs and support a great cause.

Doors open from 7:30 pm, show begins at 8pm.

It's a great way to start the weekend - we're already savouring the anticipation!

Sign up to the Facebook Event!

April Book Club, the next Big Book, and a trip to Bradford

Hello All

April is a bumper book club month, with usual book club but also big book club and the book club social to Bradford!

The usual book club is on 10th April, 7.30 Crucible corner. This month we're reading a book by local author Iain Broome, A is for Angelica. It's fairly short so hopefully should leave you some time to finish the big book. I'm not sure how widely available it is but it is definitely available from Amazon.

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The Big Book

Big book will be on Wednesday, April 24th. 7.30pm at the Crucible Corner. We'll be reading Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey. A story about the fall of an English dynasty in local Wentworth. Initially recommended by our very own Steve but subsequently recommended by others, should be good....and big!

July - Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (mainly chosen so that we never have have another discussion about whether we should read it!)

Book Club in Bradford!

We're off to see The Pitman Painters' play at Bradford Alhambra Theatre this month.

We're be going Sat 20th April at 2.30pm and then we'll be going out for a curry afterwards. The tickets for the play are £19.50 each and if you're on Rachel's list can you arrange for an internet transfer or some other way to get the money to her, you can contact her by replying to this email.

If you're not on the list but would like to come then tickets are available from the box office. There is talk of getting the train together but nothing confirmed as yet.

Book list

  • April - A for Angelica (local book) by Iain Broome
  • May - The line of beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
  • June - The spy who came in from the cold by John le Caree
  • July - The book Thief by Markus Zusch
  • Aug - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Sep - Poetry of some description - TBC
  • Oct - Dracula - Bram Stoker
  • Nov - The unbearable lightness of being - Milan Kindera

Facebook Page

Make sure you visit our Book Club facebook page and 'like' it here. You can also keep up to date with current books, events and comments from others. Feel free to post your thoughts there and any book recommendations!

Happy Reading.

Rachel & Emily