There : Vic, Sharon, Trish, Gabrielle, Ros, Heidi
Not there : Catherine, Katie, Heather, Mary, Lynette
- Using Facebook – Gabrielle & Heidi looked into whether you can get away with not being on Facebook but still receive email alerts. Unfortunately this is not an option. You must be a member of Facebook. However, we decided last night to go ahead and try a Facebook group as those who do not want to do the 100% Facebook thing and don’t want ANOTHER social media thing to monitor, can still sign up and get all the Facebook posts coming into their email inbox. We’d also suggested people could have a Facebook profile that is not under their own name – BookThief and perhaps your initials for example? So Gabrielle is going to create the Facebook Group for us – it is entirely private and no one not in the group can see the posts even if they are your Facebook friend – and we will trial using it for a few months. If you need help setting up a Facebook profile you can call Gabrielle or Heidi and we’ll do what we can.
- Sunday meetings – there was some confusion about the start time for the Sunday sessions. Some of us were under the impression we’d agreed on a 3pm start but the Reading Lists page now says 2:30pm. We decided we’ll stay with the 2:30pm start on Sundays.
Discussion – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald – three had read the book. It was mostly well-recieved. We all agreed her writing was lovely (p26, of a falcon – “he was watching the Spitfire overhead with professional curiosity.”) Some did not like the delving into TH White’s experiences with a goshawk because of his incompetence and thus cruelty to the bird, some found it very interesting – another quote about a b ird, this one from TH White – “a hump backed aviating Richard III.” Some found the journey Helen Macdonald takes through her grief moving, others found it tedious. The score was 3.3/5.
Next meeting – Sunday 6th September at Mary’s house – Perfume by Patrick Suskind