The Skills Exchange Book Group is very active and we wanted to share with you a photograph taken at last night's meeting where we had the pleasure of a visiting local author - Paula Rawsthorne (shown seated in the photo).
We had read a collection of short stories by local authors, including Paula, and it was a real treat to be able to talk to her about her writing specifically and the more general creative process, and the thriving literary scene here in Nottingham.
As new members join Skills Exchange on a regular basis, it's probably worth reiterating how the Book Group works, in case anyone is interested in joining. We meet approximately every 6 weeks and tend to read off a list - either one that is already determined (for example, The Booker Prize shortlist) or a list that we pull together ourselves (from various 'must read' features in the weekend newspapers, for example). On top of that, we sometimes have 'if you have time' reads, which at the moment, are books written pre-20th century and/or originally written in a language other than English.
Whilst we aren't at all a very academic, serious group, we do try to focus our meetings on discussing the books (as well as social chat, of course!) and to encourage this - there is an expectation that people will have read the book that's being discussed, otherwise the Book Group can all too easily become just a social evening, which is lovely but not quite what we intended! You're not barred from coming if you haven't read the book, but you don't get any wine.
So - if anyone has any questions about Book Group, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. We would be very pleased to see some new faces!