Geek Girl Brunch Nottingham – October 2015

Geek Girl Brunch - October
“Hi, I’m Riley Reynolds and today I’m going to read to you from my novel, The Winter Passing.”

Yesterday was the second meeting of the Nottingham chapter of Geek Girl Brunch and I was thrilled to be asked to read from my novel as part of the literary theme.

I was also terrified, but that’s the beauty of saying a Reckless Yes to things you’re invited to do! You say yes, then let the commitment power you through any fear.

It was a small but perfectly formed gathering of geeky girls including a few who had cosplayed as part of the literary theme – we were joined by a Coraline, an Alice and a Mary Poppins.

We talked about our favourite fandoms, reclaiming the label ‘geek’, the various ways we each celebrate our geek tendencies and the everyday sexism that still accompanies being both female and geeky.

We also did a book swap – I gave away a copy of Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Although I’m sure most of the Brunchette’s will have read this it seemed a fitting tale not only for the setting but because it was an incredibly important book to me in terms of the way I think about being a woman and the female role in society as well as vital to me as an author and as a reader who loves dystopian fiction.

And then, as dessert was served, I read an excerpt from The Winter Passing. Despite being incredibly nervous about sharing the contents of my imagination I enjoyed the reading. It was actually really nice to give the characters a wider stage, to let them take the story forward.

A few people asked where or when they could read more – if you were at the brunch you will have a little card which provides you with a code for this page of the site. Here you can read the full first chapter of The Winter Passing. The rest? Well, you’ll have to wait for publication I’m afraid!

I want to say a big thank you to chapter founder Kelly Race for organising another great brunch and to all yesterday’s brunchettes for indulging me and my novel. If you do read the first chapter I’d love to hear what you think – please be honest, but be kind!

The next Geek Girl Brunch is in early December and I’m already looking forward to another great meal with a great bunch of like-minded girls!


The Winter Passing at Geek Girl Brunch Nottingham

Eggs Royale at Geek Girl Brunch NottinghamIt’s with absolute delight, and utter terror, that I announce I’ll be reading from The Winter Passing at the next Geek Girl Brunch Nottingham on 17 October 2015.

Geek Girl Brunch is an international network of in-real-life meet ups that “hope to create a safe environment where identifying geek girls can be themselves to give voice, network, create friendships, inspire each other and hang out!” They say Geek Girl Brunches begin with  “kindness, tolerance, acceptance and empathy” which makes it my kind of place.

I went along to the inaugural Nottingham chapter meet up in August as The Other I and blogged about it over here.

The second meet up will be held on 17 October and will have a literary theme. Brunchettes are invited to represent their favourite literary character, author or book in a way of their choosing – it could be full cosplay or it could be a t-shirt.

And it’s an honour that the founder of the Nottingham GGB and one of my beta readers, Kelly Race, has invited me to share a chapter or two of The Winter Passing at the meet-up.

This will be the first time I’ve read any of my novel aloud, and the first time it will have been heard by people outside of my beta reading group and the publishing panels it went to over the summer.

It’s really exciting – and really scary too. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

You can sign up for Geek Girl Brunch Nottingham here and you can also follow them on Twitter. You can check out the hashtag #GGBNotts on Twitter and Instagram.

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