Down the Rabbit Hole
In fantasy we often find tropes that send characters through magic doors or spiralling down magic rabbit holes. When they emerge on the other side they are greeted by a fantastical world so unlike their own, they can only stare and gape in wonder and amazement - or confusion and fear, depending on the situation. Regardless, they are torn out of the real world and thrust into adventure. Every book is a door into another world, and every time we open a book’s pages and begin to read we are thrust into adventure and wonderment. If pure escapism is what you need in your life, we recommend joining Riverbend’s Fantasy Bookclub. Take that step, slip down the Rabbit Hole!
Down The Rabbit Hole is facilitated by Chloe Townson, and runs every two months on third Wednesday (approximately) at 6:30pm. Be aware, however, the first group is on a Monday due to clashes with events!
DATES FOR 2019
Monday July 29th, 6:30pm
Wednesday September 18th, 6:30pm
Wednesday November 20th, 6:30pm
READING IN JULY
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love - against their better judgement - with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI.
Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere.
Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryonics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead... but waiting to return to life.
But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. 'Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.'
What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.