Reading Group

        SWINDON ARTSWORDS READING GROUP - July '20


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The 197th monthly meeting of the Swindon Artswords Reading Group took place on the evening of 21st July, virtually, via Zoom!

We talked about what it had been like since our last meeting in February, and three months of COVID-19 lockdown.

Talk was mostly about what we had been reading and why.  Anne kindly made notes and a list of book titles and may check with others and then circulate list. Thanks everyone!

We made time to suggest, consider, and choose titles for the remaining four meetings of this strange year of 2020. 

All books that made the final cut are available from Swindon Libraries. 

Here are the four chosen titles.


7.30pm Tuesday 15th September – How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran.  What do you do in your teenage years when you realise what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes - and build yourself.

7.30pm Tuesday 13th October – The Children Act by Ian McEwan.  Fiona, a leading High Court judge, is called on to try an urgent case. A sick boy is refusing medical treatment. A judgement, as to whether he lives or dies, will have momentous consequences . . . 

7.30pm Tuesday 10th November – The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. The story of the Iliad as never heard before: in the words of Briseis, Trojan queen and captive of Achilles. Her story pulls back the veil on the thousands of women who lived behind the scenes of the Greek army camp.

 7.30pm Tuesday 8th DecemberSky Burial by Xinran. Shu Wan, a Chinese woman, has spent years searching for her missing husband who had been serving as a doctor in Tibet. Her extraordinary life story unravels the legend of the sky burial.

  All meetings are held at Lower Shaw Farm, Shaw,  West Swindon, SN5   5PJ. 

The cost is £2 per session. 

If there is anything else you need to know, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Happy reading and summer greetings!


Matt Holland 

ARTSWORDS & LITERATURE DEVELOPMENT in Swindon

01793 771080 matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk 

LOVE LITERATURE!    LOVE READING!  LOVE LIFE!