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. 

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.