Readers of Colour

Welcome to Readers of Colour!

Readers of Colour is a thriving community of women* and non-binary readers of colour who come together to read writing by women and non-binary writers of colour!

We share our laughter and ideas over discussions about things like that month’s reading and self care. We meet on the last Wednesday of everything month from 18.00 – 19.15. Traditionally, our meetings took place at Edinburgh’s Lighthouse Books, however we currently meet online via Zoom and have members tuning in from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and further afield!

Rather than reading whole books together, to keep commitment and cost down, we tend to read/ watch/ listen to a small focused piece or selection of pieces each month.

While what we are reading might be at the heart of the conversation, often we use it as a jumping off point to discuss our wider thoughts and ideas about the theme. For example, in October, our ‘jumping off’ point was folklore by Zora Neale Hurston, and where we jumped to was sharing our favourite fairy tales from our lives. Or, in December, we read a chapter from Jasleen Kaur’s Be Like Teflon about recipes and food, and our conversation shared our favourite food and recipes in our lives.

Other recent sessions include:

Film: ‘Lady Parts’ by Nida Manzoor

Poetry: ‘We Own All the Language in the World’ Ted Talk by Fatimah Asghar, alongside selected poems by Etzali Hernández and Zein Sa’dedin, writers writing across languages in Scotland.

Podcast: Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give, On The Come Up) and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (Gal-Dem) live in conversation at the Southbank Centre.

If you’re interested in joining the group but you’re not sure what to expect – just come along to a session and listen in, there’s no need to talk or take part in the discussion unless you’d like to!

Read more about what we are up to on our blog page here, including book recommendations by group members.

Want to Come Along?

Attendance is free, and the group is a warm space to share ideas, passion for literature, and laughter! To find out more or book, email Nadine at nadine.jassat@womenslibrary.org.uk.

*All women-only events are inclusive of Trans, Intersex women, non-binary and gender fluid people.

Upcoming events

Wed 28

Online: Readers of Colour

28th October at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Nov 25

Online: Readers of Colour

25th November at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dec 16

Online: Readers of Colour

16th December at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm