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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

the reading room ::e-newsletter #30

Hi all,

Our fundraising campaign is going well so far with over 25% of our target acheived! But we only have 3/4 of the allocated time left, so we still need your support. Your help will go directly to improve the reading room's lighting for reading and for exhibitions and hopefully make it a wireless hotspot. We'd love it if you could spread the word amongst your networks and friends. (

Last Thursday we opened a beautiful photographic exhibition by Natasha Lee. Natasha's work focusses on Human Rights, in particular gender equality and the rights of women in Turkey. The exhibition is still up until the end of the month, so please come down and take a look.

Our exhibition calendar is filling up with shows booked in for July (more info soon), August (Meg Cowell - more info soon), Septemebr & October. If you are interested in exhibiting or know someone who could be, please get in touch.

For the most up-to-date info check the blog, or the facebook group, or join the mailing list! Email with 'subscribe' in the subject line. Oh and we tweet now.

Here's what's coming up at the reading room...

:: Thursday 2nd June - 30th June :: ON NOW!
Natasha Lee Exhibition 6 - 8pm. Photographic work exploring the rights of Women in Turkey, with accompaniment from Al Thumm.
Come and be inspired by this beautiful photographic exhibition.
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:: Friday 10th June ::
We host resident poet, Kathryn Hummel
Kathryn will be in the reading roomfrom 4pm - 6pm each Friday. She'll be collaborating with visitors and regulars to the reading room, working to create a perforamcne based on what has been created during her residency.
Here's a little info about her:
Having spent several years travelling, working and writing overseas, Kathryn Hummel, a native of Adelaide, is now a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia. Currently she is writing and researching autoethnography, drawing on her experiences of life in Bangladesh, and is in the process of developing a new genre of collaborative prose-poem, inspired by the work of Drik Picture Library and the South Asian Institute of Photography, Pathshala. As well as her poetry, Kathryn’s fiction and non-fiction, popular and academic writing has been published in Australia, the US, Nepal, Bangladesh, and India. A shameless cafe crawler, Kathryn enjoys all types of tea and takes her coffee with milk and one sugar.

:: Saturday 11th June ::
Ninja Knit-in - International Yarn Bombing Day
from 3pm - 6pm, then out on to the streets!
June 11 is International Yarn Bombing Day, and to celebrate, we're going to paint the town fuzzy! Starting at the reading room for an afternoon of stitchy goodness; after six, we'll sneak out for an evening of super-stealthy yarnbombing. Things to bring? Some afternoon tea, some junky yarn and some chunky needles. Need to aquire crafty materials? The Radical Crafters'll have our usual big-stash-o-yarn up for grabs, plus needles and hooks for loan. Don't know how to knit or crochet? Never fear, they can teach you!
Want to find out more about yarnbombing? This is a pretty good place to start: More info on International Yarn Bombing Day? Right over here:
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:: Monday 13th June ::
from 6 - 8pm
Fortnightly on Mondays, come and play chess at the reading room.
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:: Thursday 16th June ::
Nature Loves Courage 6
from 6:30 - 9:30pm
An improvised musical and poetic jam session. Too hard to describe so just come along!
Come and join the facebook group
or email: for more info.
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:: Saturday 25th June ::
It's our first birthday!
We're having a garage sale, along with the kids from Workshop next door. More info next week, but keep it free! Also if you have any spare trestle tables please let us know :)

:: Thursday 30th June ::
Have you heard about the Festival of Unpopular Culture? Well click that link and consider yourself (somewhat) enlightened. If you have an idea for an event that fits our guidelines we'd love to hear from you. The reading room is involved, and is open to ideas - readings, launches, talks, etc. Stay tuned for more info. The closing date for proposals is Thursday 30th June.

Thanks everyone for supporting the reading room.

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