FIONA INTRODUCES US TO OUR NEWEST BOOKCLUB, ONE THAT INVOLVES PLENTY OF COFFEE, A BIT OF SUNSHINE AND A WHOLE LOT OF INSPIRATION.
In October we launched a new book club, the Sunday Big Breakfast Book Club. We meet on Avid’s back deck for breakfast and coffee from 9.30am and then at 10.00am the guest author joins us. I start the conversation with questions but the audience is invited to participate at any time.
Our first author was Susan Johnson chatting about her new book The Landing. What started as an exploration of the characters and inspiration for her novel soon became a free-wheeling conversation about the reality of a life of an author.
November saw us host Kári Gíslason on a beautiful spring morning. Kári treated us to family stories which included his grandma hiding hundred dollar bills in toilet rolls and a recitation of an Icelandic saga from 900AD. Kari then provided great insight into his new novel The Ash Burner.
Both book clubs have been so relaxed (even for me doing the in-conversations) and a lovely way to start a Sunday.
We invite you to read the book beforehand but it’s not compulsory and we make sure we don’t spoil anything for the reader! We’ve had other book clubs come along as well as people just by themselves. I can already see friendships with the members starting.
Hosting book clubs is something I love doing. I’m endlessly fascinated by what people bring to the text and I always learn something new from the conversation. We’ll be continuing this series of Sunday Big Breakfast Book clubs from February 2016 when we will welcome Cass Moriarty, author of The Promise Seed, who will talk to us about the intricacies of her book (and maybe throw in another Icelandic Saga!).
Hopefully you can join us for coffee, breakfast and a good chat. Or as the Irish would say “great craic”.
Please join me in chatting with Mary-Rose MacColl on Sunday December 6. I can’t wait to talk about her new novel Swimming Home. There is sure to be laughs and maybe even a tear.
Our 2016 series starts with Cass Moriarty discussing her new novel The Promise Seed on Sunday February 7.
I’ll leave the final word to Kari Gislason’s The Ash Burner: “There is always a way back. It lies in the future, I know, but much of it also lies in the past.”