Reading Group Schedule for Beyond Borders

Sun Ra, Space is the Place (1974)

We are pleased to announce our monthly reading group schedule for this year’s theme of Beyond Borders. The texts and films below received the highest votes from past and prospective attendees from a long list suggested by the community.

The events are open to all and we would like to encourage anyone with an interest in the theme and texts to take part irrespective of their background or experience. For more information on the theme of Beyond Borders you can read our announcement here.

All the events will take place between 7 and 8.30 pm on the first Monday of every month and we will be meeting in a seminar room at the Birkbeck University School of Arts building (43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD).

Please note, we will be screening the two films, Space is the Place and Dirty Computer, on the same evening as the discussion session (so the 6th of January and 6th of April respectively) in the Cinema at 43 Gordon Square. Also, for the two short story collections, Broken Stars and Walking the Clouds, we will announce a selection closer to the events in question.

The year will be rounded off by a Beyond Borders conference sometime in September 2020, where we will build on the discussions we will have had in our reading group events over the previous eleven months.

October 7th ‘Bloodchild’ – Octavia Butler

November 4th Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

December 2nd Brown Girl in the Ring – Nalo Hopkinson

January 6th Space is the Place – Sun Ra

February 3rd  Rosewater – Tade Thompson

March 2nd Broken Stars – ed. Ken Liu

April 6th Dirty Computer – Janelle Monae

May 4th The Fifth Season – N. K. Jemisin

June 1st Walking the Clouds – ed. Grace Dillon

July 6th Frankenstein in Baghdad – Ahmed Saadawi

August 3rd Binti – Nnedi Okorafor

If you have any questions for us about the group, this year’s theme, or access requirements then please email us at For more information on the community you can visit our facebook page or visit the about page on our website.

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