The Next Chapter Reading Group

2020 has been a shithole of a year. Many people have lost loved ones, and have been unable to partake in the cultural rituals that we normally use to share our love and support for each other. Some of us may be processing losses of people or expectations from before this year: a changed world is as much a cause for mourning as the loss of a beloved. There is no timeline on grief, we live with it every day. However, we don’t have to experience it alone.

The Next Chapter reading group will use poetry, fiction, essays, and graphic narratives to explore the grieving process. We meet monthly, via Zoom, to discuss constellations of readings, rather than a particular set reading. The virtual meeting will also be supplemented with a discussion forum where members can post articles, essays, art, their own reflections or anything they find useful in this ongoing healing process. The Next Chapter hopes to provide a small step in the continual healing process.

Tickets are available here!

These are the readings you might like to try for November.

Elma Kris performs Bowls of Mourning from Dark Emu with Bangarra Dance Theatre
Our Experience of Grief is Unique as a Fingerprint by David Kessler
A Monster Calls based on the graphic novel by Patrick Ness. Available to stream on Netflix.

These were the readings for October.

Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
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Adult Grief by Louise Glück

These were the readings for September.

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Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney

Haud Close Tae Me by Jackie Kay (The Scottish Makar) and the Scottish Ballet.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

These were the readings for August.

Pushing Through by Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Dark Interval.
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

and Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson

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Coping with mortality: An essay on self-mourning by Thomas Attig, from Death
Studies, 13:4, 361-370, DOI: 10.1080/07481188908252314

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Singing Death: Why Music and Grief Go Hand in Hand by Helen Maree Hickey and Helen Dell