VPFA Reading Group

The  ‘ Third Sex ‘ Reading  Group.

Led by:  Mollie Clarke , Dr. Claire O’Callaghan , Dr. Matt Crofts , and  Dr.  Helena Esser

Following on from the successful ‘Third Sex’ reading group at the VPFA’s 2020 conference, a more permanent reading group is now established! Meeting once a month, we will continue to focus on texts that examine ‘the third sex’ – that is; Victorian and neo-Victorian works that explore sex and gender, queerness, and LGBTQA+ identities. Meetings will take place via Zoom, last for approximately 90 minutes, and will be supplemented by an exciting and supportive reading pack, comprising questions and textual prompts for members. 

Sneak Peek at Season One!

We’re back for Season Two!

2022 Schedule:

Save these dates:

                               NEXT UP >>>> Wednesday 23rd February: Bad Gay Novels

Wednesday 30th March – One and the same: Mary Diana Dods, David Lyndsay, Walter Sholto Douglas

Wednesday 27th April – Bruce Nugent

Wednesday 25th May – Dickinson (TV series)

Wednesday 29th June – Are They Women? A Novel Concerning the Third Sex

Wednesday 28th September – The Night Brother (Rosie Garland)

                                                        *Please email: vpfareadinggroup@gmail.com to register*

Reading Pack                                 World Time Zones Chart

How to join:

Interested in Queer History? Love literature and film? Join us! Our sessions aim to cover all things LGBTQIA+, the long Victorian, Neo-Victorian, poetry, fiction, history, art and so much more.

To join you can register via eventbrite or email us at vpfareadinggroup@gmail.com, we will send out the reading pack a week in advance of the group meeting, and a link to join us online the day before it is scheduled. You will also be provided with a password to access the reading pack above. The pack and password will change with each session – please do not share this information with others.

Bring your tea, coffee, other, and come join us! We look forward to seeing you there.

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