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My Body, My Book Club

BODILY AUTONOMY: UNITING THROUGH BOOKS

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In collaboration with The Vavengers
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About the Book Club

My Body, My Book Club aims to connect people and create communities. We read fiction books (with the odd memoir here and there too) that deal with different aspects of how we understand bodily autonomy and exemplify how we can get involved and support each other.

Issues such as gender-based violence, racism, homelessness, displacement, abortion, obstetric violence, and the rights of marginalised communities, like the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ groups, are just some of the topics we cover.

All opinions expressed during book club meetings are those of individuals and do not necessarily reflect those of My Body, My Book Club or the charities it supports.

How it Works

We know this is heavy stuff, but the book club hopes to foster empathy as well as raise awareness and question established narratives. Our main goal is to connect communities. So, for each session, we partner with a charity working with the subject we will be reading about in the novel, and we invite an expert on the topic to join our chat. (Also, all proceeds from the sale of tickets will be donated to the month’s charity.)

Too Busy to Read the Book?

We understand that people are busy and life happens – so please do join us even if you don’t manage to finish the book in time. We will also always provide other ways in which you can get involved and learn more about the subject in the "Next Book" section, whether it’s through a video or a blog post.

About the Host

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Dr Julia Martins is a historian of the body, an activist, and an unapologetic bookworm. She is an Activism Outreach Supporter with The Vavengers, a member of the Charity Committee of the FGM Education Project, and an editor at the Feminist Perspectives Collective.

She writes about gender history and history of medicine, and how history can inform contemporary feminism.

You can check out her YouTube channel Living History and her website, and follow her on TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram.

My Body, My Book Club was launched as part of her involvement in the Abortion Rights UK Activist Bootcamp.

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Save the Date: 19th of June, 6:30 pm

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Our book club is turning one...!

Join us for a special evening and our first in-person event, happening in London on June 19th, at 7:00 pm.

We'll have a fabulous panel of minoritised women and we'll be discussing "Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge and "White Tears/Brown Scars" by Ruby Hamad. You're welcome to read either book (or both!), but you're welcome to come even if you can't read them in time.

We can't wait to see you all, have lots of interesting discussions, and raise a glass to celebrate our lovely book club!

More details and get your tickets here!

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Next book

What the Living Do by Susan Wadds

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Sex and death consume much of thirty-seven-year-old Brett Catlin' s life. Cole, ten years her junior, takes care of the former while her job disposing of roadkill addresses the latter. A cancer diagnosis causes her to question her worth, suspecting the illness is payback for the deaths of her father and sister. Thus begins a challenging journey of alternative healing that she doubts she deserves. Just as Brett surrenders to the prescribed cure, a startling discovery sends her on a more profound exploration of cause and effect. Encounters with animals, both living and dead, help her answer the who is worth saving?

We encourage everyone to borrow books from their local library, but if you plan on buying a copy, please do so through here. (All proceeds will go to the charity of the month.)

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    In July, we're featuring BPAS, a leading organisation committed to reproductive health and rights. 

    About our Guest

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    Winner of the Writer’s Union of Canada’s Prose Contest in 2016, Susan Wadds’ award-winning work has appeared in The Blood Pudding, Room, Quagmire, Waterwheel Review, Funicular, WOW-Women on Writing, and many more. The first two chapters of her debut novel, What The Living Do, (Regal House Publishing, 2024), won the Lazuli Group’s Prose Contest, and were published in Azure Magazine. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Susan is a certified Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) workshop facilitator. She lives on a quiet river in traditional Anishinaabeg territory on Williams Treaty land with an odd assortment of humans and cats.

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    BPAS is dedicated to providing comprehensive reproductive health services across the nation. Its offerings are expertly designed to support individuals in making informed decisions about their reproductive health. BPAS UK's activities include confidential counselling, educational outreach, and medical services, ensuring access to both information and care for all who need it.

    NEXT EVENT

    What the Living Do by Susan Wadds

    Join us online:

    4th of July 2024

    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (UK Time)

    Limited places available

    Minimum donation: £3

    Book your place now

    Stay in touch

    Contact

    Any questions or suggestions, feel free to email us at:

    contact@mybodymybookclub.com

    or find us on twitter:

    @bodybookclub