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Hi, not sure if I ever officially left the group 5 years ago but I am back in Oxford now and would like to meet up again with the group probably starting February. Would that be ok? If ok when are the Jan/Feb meeting dates and venues?
On Tue, 7 Jan 2020 at 13:50, Writers at Blackwell’s wrote:
> mosteshar posted: “Our March meeting will be on Wednesday 18th March, so > keep that day free. Would members be interested in a monthly writing > session? We would meet somewhere and write together over food and drinks. > Just and idea, but if it appeals it might become more reg” >
That is such good news. You are most welcome.
Our January meeting with be at Blackwell’s Book Shop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford on Wednesday 29th January 7pm – 9pm.
Writer’s at Blackwell’s is delighted to be welcoming Meena Kandasamy who will be exploring her new book Exquisite Cadavers, a book told in two parts, making it a unique and special read. With the story on one side, the other hosts side notes by Meena exploring her creative process in forming this story.
Meena will be discussing her inspiration for writing Exquisite Cadavers and much more.
Karim, a young film-maker, carries with him the starry-eyed dreams of the Arab Revolution. Maya carries her own pressing concerns: an errant father, an unstable job, a chain-smoking habit, a sudden pregnancy. When Karim’s brother disappears in Tunis, and Karim wants to go after him, Maya must choose between her partner and her home city, her future and her history…
In a conversation between forms, fictions and truths, ‘Exquisite Cadavers’ is a novel about a young couple navigating love in London, and a literary hall of mirrors about an author navigating the inspirations behind her work.
This is a meeting not to be missed.
Meena Kandasamy has actively sought to combine her love for the written word with the struggle for social justice through poetry, translation, fiction and essays for the last fifteen years.
Her debut collection of poems, ‘Touch’ was themed around caste and untouchability, and her second, ‘Ms Militancy’, was an explosive, feminist retelling/reclaiming of Tamil and Hindu myths. Her critically acclaimed first (anti)novel, ‘The Gypsy Goddess’, smudged the line between powerful fiction and fearsome critique in narrating the 1968 massacre of forty-four landless untouchable men, women and children striking for higher wages in the village of Kilvenmani, Tanjore.
Her second novel, a work of auto-ficition, ‘When I Hit You: Or, The Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife’, drew upon her own experience within an abusive marriage, to lift the veil on the silence that surrounds domestic violence and marital rape in modern India. It was selected as book of the year by The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times; and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 among others.
Tickets cost £5 or £30 for a years membership to the group. For all other enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 333623.
Cherry Many thanks for including me in the list for Writers at Blackwells despite the fact that I have not been playing my part in the recent past.
I found a Publisher for my collection of short stories and was cracking along with them when my husband had a very serious heart condition; ensuing fitting of a Pacemaker and the recovery inevitably stopped everything ‘writing- oriented’ for me.
Now he is better I have taken up the pen ( or keyboard ) and am going through the process of getting my book printed and finished. I very much hope it will be out within the next few months> Phew!! At last!!
SO NOW I am better placed to get going with the group again as the ideas still flow and I am still writing… as I did a bit for comfort during those dark Feb days of hospitals and prospect of widowhood!!
I cannot seem to get back onto Facebook so if you have the means to put this email there for our Group to see it would be very helpful. Whatever happens now I WILL be there on 18th March as I found the Group so really helpful before.
Please send them all my best wishes for FAB NEW YEAR