Well, here we are again. Fucking spicy cough. I know everyone is well over online hangouts, but also, I’m well over not hanging out with anyone. It’s been 2 years since the bookclubs operated with any regularity, so I am bringing them back. Given case numbers in Victoria at the moment, I’ve decided that the book clubs and reading groups will run remotely until June and then we will figure out how we want to approach them going forward. This means that The Wayward Girls’ Book Club and Legal Fictions Reading Group for Legal Practitioners and Affiliates are still open for reading, wine, tea, and all the laughs that we usually have. But more than that, we are now expanding, relaunching The Next Chapter Reading Group and the Smashed Avo Book Club, as well as starting the Short Stuff Reading Group where we focus exclusively on short stories. See below for an outline of, and links to, the different online book clubs. The images link through to each book club’s virtual page. Each of the book clubs and reading groups will have both a designated page for monthly meetups and a discord for ongoing chat throughout the month.

The Wayward Girls’ Book Club

Last Tuesday of the Month, 8pm.

WGBC began running out of the Northcote Home for Wayward Girls in 2017. This book club focuses on novellas, poetry and essays by women, queer authors, and authors of colour. All welcome, but definitely contains mature (and immature) content.

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The Next Chapter: A Reading Group on Grief and Mourning

Fourth Thursday of the Month, 8pm.

The Next Chapter reading group uses poetry, fiction, essays, and graphic narratives to explore the grieving process. We meet monthly, via, to discuss constellations of readings, rather than a particular set reading.

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Third Tuesday of the Month, 8pm

This book club is a pilot program that we are expanding throughout 2022. Membership is limited, but if you are interested in joining, please email us. We read legal judgements alongside novels, short stories and poetry in order to gain insight into legal culture and practice.

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The Smashed Avo Book Club

Last Sunday of the Month, 8pm AEDST

This book club is for Aussies stuck overseas and wanting to keep up to date with the latest and greatest in Australian lit.

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The Book Club for the End of the World

Last Monday of the Month, 8 pm

This book club does what it says on the tin. We read dystopian fictions and try and use them to understand the world we’re living in right now. This has to be the Darkest Timeline.

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