The trip is approaching fast; the dietary requirements have been submitted, the train/tube tickets have been booked, I have checked out the new concourse at Birmingham New Street Station and planned a meeting place. Now it’s a case of waiting to see if everyone remembers and turns up on time. Fingers crossed what can go wrong?
The main thing I have learnt from arranging this event and trying to liaise with group members is how detached we are as a group. We are widely dispersed across Birmingham with no fixed common ground I’m not sure if this is specific to our group or a general concern of groups in the main. Dispersing the books was a synch gathering the reviews for publishing was a more difficult task but we have had a good selection and the process is well underway.
It would have been good to try and arrange a little interim meeting to chat as a group and pool our thoughts. Plans for this are afoot for the train journey so let’s hope our seats aren’t in quiet carriage, or we could end up having to pass notes like naughty school children in lessons (a thing we used to do in the bygone days, now I think they text or tweet).
The two books we were allocated could not have been more different, the style of writing, the subject matter and the overall feelings left with you when you had finished the last page. It will be interesting to talk to other groups and gather their thoughts and feelings, to hear insights of the other four titles up for the Shortlist.
I must admit I have read two others Bundi by Chris Barnard and The Fall of the Stone City by Ismail Kadare I couldn’t resist I would have tried other two but no copies were available in Birmingham Libraries and didn’t pursue it any further due to time restrictions.
On the whole I have enjoyed getting involved it has given the group an added extra, plus two more titles that we would never have had opportunity to read. It has broadened the horizon for our group and opened windows for sharing the joys of reading. Our blog page has been set up on Library of Birmingham Site and reviews are to be published by Book trust and Reading agency. Plus we still have the reading day experience to look forward to and the free lunch!
Should I tell them now I’m looking for our next adventure or maybe keep my mouth shut, at least for a little while……….