Be part of the Anti Racist Cumbria Book Club


Did you know that reading is good for you? It improves communication skills, focus, memory and helps us build empathy. Reading also lowers our heart rate and can help reduce stress. There’s even a report that says people who read for 30 minutes every day live longer by up to two years! The other great thing about reading is that you learn new things, whether that simply be by stepping into someone else’s shoes and getting a new perspective or by being shown new facts, information and insight. We also know that for anti-racism, reading books and educating ourselves is a vital part of our practice. With all this in mind – why wouldn’t you want to be part of our book club?!

Who’s the ARC Book Club for?

The book club is for anyone aged 18+ due to the content and themes discussed in many of the books we – though we may well split out into YA (young adult aged 13+) and adults later down the line.

It is for everyone, whether you’re new to anti-racism and keen to find out more, or if you’ve been learning about it for a while. We will pick out key themes to discuss around each book, so you don’t even need to have read it to join in!

How does the ARC Book Club work?

The ARC book club is simply a relaxed online space to talk about a book. Each month we read a book, then meet up the following month to share our thoughts, feelings and learnings about it before we start our next book. It’s not an academic space, it’s just a bunch of humans getting together to talk about a book. Nothing stuffy, no tests, no wrong answers. It’s free (we’re teaming up with Cumbria library services from October to make that even easier for you!) and you don’t have to be a volunteer or member to be part of it.

You don’t even have to come every time if you don’t want to, though of course we’d love to see you as much as you can.

Book club is free to attend!

We’re pleased to announce that we’re teaming up with Cumbria Library Services to make sure that additional copies of all our book club titles are available to read for free. To begin with, this will be across 6 libraries: Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal Barrow, Whitehaven and Workington.

If you are unable to access these locations please get in touch.

Sign up to arc book club here