The Open Book


A group for lovers of the queer universe, thorugh books, film, music and art.

We’ve partnered up with Dunedin Public Libraries to create a reading group all about queer stories. It’s a space for us to share thoughts, explore media and celebrate how amazing our LGBT+ writers and creators are.

The Open Book runs by seasons, with season one running 20th April to 29th June, 2022. 

View the Open Book event page on Facebook

About season one

This season’s theme is: Queer Firsts

During a season, we will have a main reading list, comprised of six novels. For the theme of Queer Firsts, we’ve selected:

  1. Plato’s Symposium
  2. Orlando: A Biography, Virginia Woolf
  3. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson
  4. The Velvet Rage, Alan Downs
  5. Out Here An anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa
  6. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst

For every meet, we will also select supplementary materials that support a novel from the list. The idea being that novel is the focal point for that week. 

Sound like a bit of you? 

New participants are welcome! To sign up, just send us a message below with your details and a note that you’d like to join the Open Book. New members are welcome anytime.