Civil Society Book Club for Wellbeing and Connection

We’re excited to launch our online Book Club for Wellbeing and Connection, an opportunity for us to celebrate everything going on through our civil society networks, encourage people to share and learn, discuss the latest thinking and research on reducing loneliness during lockdown, and most importantly, build connections between civil society workers, volunteers, trustees, and those people that their organisation serves.

We want to encourage sharing and learning experiences through the book club, in order to generate a greater sense of social solidarity and togetherness.

The sessions will be facilitated by Kate Shurety, the former Executive Director (now associate) of The Campaign to End Loneliness. Each session will begin with with a short Q&A between the author and Kate, followed by an opportunity for all participants to discuss and share ideas.

Reading the book is not essential for participation – rather, we want to hear your thoughts and experiences of the topic on hand.

2022 Book Club Events

The first book club of 2022 will be a joint event with the launch of CSC’s Climate Action Network for Faith and Community Leaders.

On 2nd February at 2pm, authors and environmental campaigners Rupert Read and Jem Bendell will chat to us about their book, Deep Adaptation and the personal and collective changes that are needed to prepare us for the ongoing climate crisis.

In the second half of the event, faith and community leaders around the country will speak about what they are doing to tackle the climate crisis.

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On the 1st March we’re delighted to welcoming Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian and Rami Elhana, an Israeli; two men with much in common, sadly losing their daughters in the conflict. They will be sharing their story along with Irish author Colum McCann who told the story of their friendship and loss through his award-winning novel, Apeirogon.

This book club is delivered in partnership with Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine and the European Network on Religion & Belief.  

Participation in this online event is via a donation (however small!) – with the funds raised supporting Rami and Bassam’s interfaith work with the Abir Smadar Foundation

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Past events

Our third book club meeting took place on Tuesday 25th May at 7pm with Empireland author Sathnam Sanghera.

Sanghera’s latest book explores how imperialism has shaped modern Britain.

” This remarkable book shines the brightest of lights into some of the darkest and most misunderstood corners of our shared history” James O’Brien 

Three free copies of the book were sent out to book club participants.

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On Wednesday 7th July, we were joined by renowned anthropologist and psychologist Robin Dunbar to chat about his new book, Friends.

In his book, Dunbar draws together decades research on friendship to explore how it influences our health and happiness, as well as the mechanisms that make and sustain friendships.

“Friends offers poignant observations about how we have evolved to rely on one another for help and companionship – and how these bonds make our lives meaningful Clea Skopeliti

We gave away five free copies of the book on a first come, first serve basis.

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Jon Cruddas MP joined us for an informal chat about his book, The Dignity of Labour on Wednesday 6th October.

Drawing on his many years of experience working for his Dagenham and Rainham constituency, Jon examines the history of Marxist and social democratic thinking about work and adds to the highly contentious debate on the future of work.

‘…a trenchant reassertion of the centrality of work in the politics of the common good’ The Guardian

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We were in conversation with Jon Yates on the 3rd November, 7pm, discussing the themes in his book, Fractured: Why societies are coming apart and how we put them back together again

His book explores the deep-rooted reasons for the fractures in our societies, and sets out clear suggestions for how we can overcome them as a community.

‘Analytically incisive yet infectiously optimistic, Fractured expertly diagnoses the deepest divisions in our society and provides an urgent manifesto for collective healing.’ David Lammy MP

We’re gave away three free copies of the book on a first come, first serve basis.

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In December, we were joined by Ece Temelkuran. She is the author of How to Lose a Country, and the recently published Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now.

Ece is an award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator. In her writing, she puts forward a vision for how we can enact social and political change, together.

‘Temelkuran is a brilliant writer, finding humour, hope and humanity in the darkest corners of our current malaise. It lifted my heart and my spirits’ Brian Eno

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