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October Books – February Events, online and in the shop

Courtesy of October Books:-
With the current Covid landscape, all events are subject to change in format. To keep up to date with the latest news about the event you wish to attend, please register your interest via Eventbrite.
Whether you’re attending in person or online, the full details will hit your inbox once you’ve signed up, and you’ll get a handy reminder beforehand too.
We are asking you to stay away if you feel unwell, to take a lateral flow test before attending and to wear face coverings for all in-person events. All of this helps us to keep each other safe and healthy.

Author talk: Meeting Mental Breakdown Mindfully by Isabel Clarke

Thursday 3rd Feb at 7pm ONLINE

After a popular shop-floor event, join Isabel Clarke online to hear about her new book ‘Meeting Mental Breakdown Mindfully’ exploring the Comprehend, Cope and Connect method.

This book cuts to the heart of the distress that is mental breakdown and makes sense of it in ways that are both simple and profound. Received ideas about what it is to be a single ‘self’ are overturned in order to understand how easy it is for the delicate balance of ‘feeling alright’ to be upset. Medical orthodoxy is set aside to reach a simpler, more compassionate and holistic approach to both sense making and helping. The book covers how the approach is used in the NHS, where it has been embraced as both effective and practical, within services as diverse as the acute hospital and primary care. The book is aimed at those supporting sufferers, whether in a professional or personal capacity, and is relevant to those going through the experience themselves.

Isabel Clarke is a consultant clinical psychologist with 30 years’ experience as a therapist in the NHS for people with complex problems. Her innovative approach to mental health that side-steps diagnosis is applied widely in Acute Services to enable mental health hospitals to operate in a more psychologically informed and holistic way, and is adapted for IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) and cross-cultural application. She has a particular interest in the psychology of spirituality, and psychosis and spirituality

Workshop: Mobilising In The Face Of Eco-Anxiety with Aline Giordano

Saturday 5th Feb at 11am ONLINE

Join Aline Giordano online for this writing workshop – an introduction to the practice of creative writing used as an awareness tool. This 2 hour facilitated workshop is a small group (maximum 10 people) to enable gentle pace, self-reflection and dialogue. Booking in advance is essential: £20.

This workshop is an introduction to the practice of creative writing used as an awareness tool. Although this approach can be applied to a variety of contexts, topics and ways of working, this introductory workshop will focus on keeping in mind the state of the planet and the societal changes which have been accelerated through the pandemic.

Participants don’t need to have any experience of writing, just a willingness to do so!

We will do short writing exercises (typically two minutes long) in response to some literary texts and/or poetry. We will pay attention to what emerges on the page and stay with the present moment experience. Together we will keep ourselves present, available and hopeful. Now, more than ever, we must ask ourselves: How can we reconnect to each other’s humanness in the age of the Anthropocene?

Aline Giordano is trained in Relational Organisational Gestalt and is currently completing an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at Middlesex University. She has also trained with the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Centre in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Radical Reading Group: Lost In Work by Amelia Horgan

Tuesday 8th Feb at 7.30pm IN THE SHOPYou can find out the latest information about this group here.


Author talk: How To Be A Revolutionary by C.A. Davids

Thursday 10th Feb at 7pm ONLINE

Join C.A. Davids via Zoom to hear about her extraordinary, ambitious, globe-spanning novel – a heartbreaking exploration of what we owe our countries, our consciences, and ourselves.

This novel connects contemporary Shanghai, late Apartheid-era South Africa, and China during the Great Leap Forward and the Tiananmen uprising. Fleeing her moribund marriage in Cape Town, Beth accepts a diplomatic posting to Shanghai. In this anonymous city she hopes to lose herself in books, wine, and solitude, and to dodge whatever pangs of conscience she feels for her fealty to a South African regime that, by the twenty-first century, has betrayed its early promises. At night, she hears the sound of typing, and then late one evening Zhao arrives at her door. They explore hidden Shanghai, but then Zhao vanishes, and a typewritten manuscript—chunk by chunk—appears at her doorstep instead. The truths unearthed in this manuscript cause her to reckon with her own past, and the long-buried story of what happened to Kay, her fearless, revolutionary friend…

C. A. Davids is an author and the publisher of everychild books. Her debut novel, The Blacks of Cape Town, was published in South Africa and shortlisted for the Edinburgh Book Fest’s First Book Award, the University of Johannesburg Debut Writing Prize, and the SALA First-time Published Author Award, among others.

Book signing: Radical Football by Steve Fleming

Wednesday 16th Feb at 12pm IN THE SHOP

Kick4Life co-founder Steve Fleming will be joining us in the shop to speak about and sign copies of his book Radical Football.

Football can – and must – change the world! Radical Football, tells a compelling human story of Football for Good, from the gangland streets of Colombia and the slums of Mumbai, to the creation of Common Goal, a global movement which seeks to transform the football industry and put purpose at the heart of the game. This incredible story of one of the world’s most innovative social entrepreneurs captures Jürgen Griesbeck’s passion, drive and leadership in uniting fans, players, administrators and innovators in a collective mission to unleash the power of football for the benefit of people and the planet. It presents a hopeful vision for football’s future.

Steve Fleming is the co-founder of Kick4Life FC, a multi award-winning charity, social enterprise and football club based in Lesotho in Southern Africa. The organisation has reached more than 100,000 orphans and vulnerable children through health, education, gender and employability programmes, as well as providing structured training and employment opportunities to hundreds of young people via its hospitality enterprises – No.7 Restaurant and the Hokahanya Inn & Conference Centre. In 2020 Kick4Life FC became the first top-flight football club in the world to commit to gender equal pay and budgets, and Steve has worked globally through the organisation’s training and consultancy service, Kick4Life Assist. He is author of Eleven: Stories of Development through Football, published in 2010 (shortlisted for the Peace & Sport Special Jury Award) and was named in the Beyond Sport Inspirational 50 in 2015.

February Get-Together: Bring Your Own Book

Tuesday 22nd Feb at 7pm ONLINE

Register via Eventbrite to join us at our monthly social evening – come and say hello!

All are welcome at this book club with a twist! We are asking you to BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) so we can share inspiration we have found between the pages. Those in attendance each get a chance to talk a little bit about a book they have been reading this month and what they’ve thought about it. There is no required reading, just a desire to talk about what you’ve been reading!

What have you read during the month? Would you recommend it to others? Or was it better left on the shelf? We want to hear about it! What are you reading this month, and what has it meant to you?

The session will run for 1hr max and we do look forward to seeing you there.


Transition talk: Rewilding

Wednesday 23rd Feb at 7pm IN THE SHOP

Join Kevin Bryan and Transition Southampton in the shop for this talk – we commence at 7pm, see you there!

Rewilding – or is it Wilding? – covers a range of concepts, activities and phenomena. It occurs at a variety of ‘scales’ – landscape, field and garden – down to ‘micro’.

It’s not new. It has occurred for 1,000s of years, whenever humans have vacated areas of land.

Kevin Bryan – local ecologist and former research biologist – explores the subject and considers the roles of ‘natural’ and assisted rewilding.


Kids event: Who Am I? with Vie Portland 

Thursday 24th Feb at 11am IN THE SHOP

Vie Portland will be in the shop for a morning of storytelling and empowerment for 3-7yr olds during half term. Vie will be reading from her new book ‘Who Am I?’ where protagonist Emily goes on adventures whilst asking this big question, and her mum helps her see that she is all sorts of wonderful, just as she is.Booking for this event will be opening soon!