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    Reading Room: Exploring the Voices of Black Femininity with Yvonne Hercules

    October 30, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


    We’re excited to welcome singer song-writer Yvonne Hercules, who will be co-hosting our next reading group as part of our Reading Room. We have asked Yvonne to select three books from our Reading Room that are of interest to her and her creative practice which are:

    Join Yvonne for an informal conversation over some tasty food, exploring the nuances of black femininity. Yvonne will share the work of black feminists Angela Davis, bell hooks, and Lola Olufemi to kickstart conversations and discussion.

    Over the course of the session, we will explore themes of black feminism and its intersectionality.

    There’s no requirement to have read any of the books or have encountered the author’s work before, they are just starting points to kickstart conversations with freedom to see where they go. Passages will be read out, with audio or video interview clips played offering a chance for people to discuss and delve into topics.

    The reading group is free to attend and open to all. This is a chance to make new friends, gain new perspectives and step outside your comfort zone.

    This event, part of a cross-site programme involving some of our long-term and new collaborators, recognises Black History Month which celebrates the invaluable contributions of black people to British Society. 

    Interested but want to find out more? Get in touch with Jack at jack@metalculture.com or give us a call on 01733 893 077
    All food will be vegetarian. For any specific dietary requirements please get in touch.

    About Yvonne Hercules
    Yvonne Hercules is a singer-songwriter/artist & performer based in Cambridge UK. Her music has received nods from publications including Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Afropunk, and others and she has received support from PRS Foundation, Arts Council England towards her work.

    Inspired by Folk, Blues, Rock & Soul, her songs are a culmination of these genres underpinned by honest, thought-provoking lyrics. She also draws on inspiration from visual mediums outside of music including art & film, with visual concepts often coinciding alongside her songs.

    Her recent EP ‘Olive’ is partly inspired by the life & work of feminist activist Olive Morris, and is a musical journey through Black Femininity and its nuances referencing alternative folk, alternative soul, jazz and rock genres.


    Our Access

    The lobby and mainspace are all on the groundfloor, with automatic doors to enter the lobby. The doors are wide enough for an electric wheelchair. In the lobby there are a series of doorways.

    The doorway on the right leads to the mainspace where the group will take place, which is wide enough for an electric wheelchair.

    Back in the lobby, the doorway directly ahead of you is to a gender neutral and wheelchair accessible bathroom. The bathroom has handrails and assistance chords. The door on the left leads to the Reading Room, which is wide enough for a manual wheelchair.

    All our bathrooms are gender neutral. If you have any specific questions or queries around access please get in touch.


    About Pluto Press
    Pluto Press is a radical political publishing house. Founded in 1969, we are one of the world’s oldest radical publishers, and our focus remains making timely interventions in contemporary struggles.

    Though our collective outlook has developed over time, we proudly identify as anti-capitalist, internationalist and politically independent.

    About The Left Book Club
    The Left Book Club is a not-for-profit subscription book service. It’s an affordable way to get a carefully chosen list of the best books that explore world-changing ideas, direct to your door every month. Every book is printed in a unique edition, and you can choose between 6 or 12 books a year. Previous titles include ‘Ain’t I A Woman’ by bell hooks, ‘Bread and Roses’ by Andrea D’Atri, ‘Respectable: Crossing the Class Divide’ by Lynsey Hanley and many more.


    October 30, 2023
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


    Metal Peterborough
    Chauffeur's Cottage, St Peter's Road
    Peterborough, PE1 1YX
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    01733 893 077