I thought I'd post a quick update about my attempts to start a Speculative Fiction Book Club in Cardiff.
Here's how things are going so far:
- You can look at the registration / voting form results in an online report. It has colourful charts! (Not sure if it updates "live" - i.e. the data could at times be a little behind). After Lock In's early lead, The Invisible Library has caught up and is now neck-and-neck with Lock In!
- I've had some flyers made, which I am putting in booky places around Cardiff today (Monday, 26th Jan 2015). See above for what the flyers look like. As I don't have professional software on my home PC, I had to resort to MS Word to create it, so please don't judge it too harshly!
- IMAGE CREDITS: I used creative commons photos from FlickR for the flyers. These are:
- I'll email those who indicated they can't make it but would still like to join today or tomorrow, to figure out what the best options are.
- I'll send out a proper email update to everyone who registered by the end of this week.
- If you're interested but haven't signed up & indicated availability yet, please do so: here's a link to the sign-up & voting form. [edited: a time, place and book for the first meeting has now been announced. You're very welcome to come along, but the web form is no longer needed]
- In the meantime, I'm grateful for any and all assistance with spreading the word, whether on Twitter, Facebook, or everyone's own blogs.
I've also been contacted by two people who let me know there is already a Speculative Fiction Book Club in Cardiff, which has been running for seven years. I'm still going ahead with my attempt to start a new one: I think it's nice to start up something with an entirely new group where no one feels like an outsider as everyone is equally new. So far, it looks like there may be enough people interested for a brand new book club to work. However, if this attempt should flounder, or if the date we ultimately settle on for meetings does not suit you, it's good to know that there is another option that people can join (they do accept new members). The other book club meets "around 7ish in the Rummer Tavern on the 1st Wednesday of the month. The next meeting is February 4th, and the book is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie".