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SCI-FI
We'll be thinking about the potential of world-building and speculation to address social and political issues, to dream and imagine other possible ways of being.

Reading List

Letter to my Moms Clara Pacotte
The Question of Sex: The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin
The Lost Races of Science Fiction Octavia E. Butler
Octavia's Brood Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha
Interview with Linda Stupart Studio International, Izabella Scott

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DIZZINESS & GIDDINESS
When sensations of dizziness or giddiness arise they can change our spatial, temporal and bodily relation to the world, and result in feelings of disorientation. Sara Ahmed describes experiences of disorientation as shattering one's "belief that the ground on which we reside can support the actions that make a life feel liveable". In reading and listening to narratives that capture these experiences we want to talk about the potential dizziness and giddiness have as moments in time that imply a failure to be proper, a getting lost, a being thrown. In this way we hope dizziness and giddiness make space for alternative bodily orientations that find hope in changing direction and risk departing from the straight and narrow lines of patriarchy, heteronormativity and whiteness.

Reading List

Orientatations Sara Ahmed
'Girl Body' from When the Sick Rule the World Dodie Bellamy
Section from Artificial Gut Feeling Anna Zett
'Car Sickness' from Small White Monkeys Sophie Collins
Section from Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Claudia Rankine
Section from Thought and Vision H.D.
'Say What You See' from The Happy Hypocrite: Silver Bandage Alexandra Heminsley

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FRIENDSHIP
this session will take up two central questions concerning friendship:

one: the history of friendship
by which I mean: how did this hierarchy between relationships (family, romantic/sexual partner(s), and friends) come about? which or whose ends does it serve to institutionally/legally privilege familial and romantic relationships over friendships?

two: doing it differently
what are some ways we can resist or undo this hierarchy in our own lives and relationships? how can we create more space for platonic intimacy as a feminist practice?

with space for a kind of discursive analysis, looking at representations of friendship (in particular between women) in literature, film, television, etc., as a third element.

Reading List

The short instructional manifesto for relationship anarchy Andie Nordgren
Witches, Witch hunting and Women Silvia Federici
I'm Having A Friendship Affair Kim Brooks
Offerings Mason Leaver

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AUTO-THEORY
Auto-theory is a term used for a kind of "experimental" or at least genre-bending writing in which the writer's auto-biographical experiences (auto-) and literary, queer, feminist, critical theory is digested and presented together. The writer's first-person experiences are understood through the lens of a broader discourse, and it also helps inform any political arguments the writer is putting forward together.

It’s a term that’s generally pretty unfamiliar, but it’s creeped into use to designate a type of queer and feminist literature that:
– is self-reflexive, between the writer and the text or the “larger world” around them
– plays with the traditional formal aspects of fiction, poetry, essays, academic writing, etc.

None of these are “real” designations, and the problem of definition is a slippery one we should think about critically. We’re also going to talk about kinds of knowledge, knowledge production, and the relationship of autotheory with academic language.

Reading List

Testo Junkie Paul Preciado
Citizen Claudia Rankine
Living A Feminist Life Sara Ahmed
No Regrets Dayna Tortorici

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NEEDLEWORK
in this session we will give a discursive exploration of a much-overlooked practice, weaving together lesser-known histories of textile, craft and technology. we are particularly interested in tracing the patterns by which needlework has been divided and exploited (gender, hierarchy, labour practices); the ways that textiles are used by women – past and present – to pass along ancestral and cultural knowledge; the intricate techniques of weaving, braiding and coding; and the moods and emotions that many fabrics hold.

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Don't Touch My Hair Emma Dabiri
The Creation of Femininity Rozsika Parker
Accumulations (Appendix F) Kate Zambreno
Garments Against Women Anne Boyer
Zeroes + Ones Sadie Plant

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plot twist x Studio bonbon: needlework

In this reading group and workshop we will collectively read and respond to a handful of texts (poetic and otherwise) on textile, craft and technology; weaving together lesser-known histories through a de-colonial and feminist lens. During the session we will perform a number of exercises to break away from our typical reading, writing and listening habits, using them to arrive at a number of original (textual) outcomes.

There are 15 spots available and these are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. ALL are welcome to join.
Please RSVP to pplottwistt@gmail.com with 'studio bonbon x plot twist reading group' in the subject line.

Following the workshop there will be time to read and rest in the space. Participants can bring and read their own material or take something from the plot twist library. No sign-up required.

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Thank you to everyone who came along to the plot twist summer squeeze! We are taking a summer break and will be back in October.

If you'd like to pick up a copy of the zine in exchange for printed material (zine, magazine, book, leaflet) send us an email or get in touch via our social channels on the homepage.

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SURREALISM
This month we are looking at surrealism, which is the first time we’ve covered a (literary) genre rather than a topic, and thus the first time our reading list consists of 100% fiction! It is also perhaps an odd genre to go for as it is better known for its influence as an art movement, of which the incredible Leonora Carrington was part. But she was also a prolific writer and contributed dozens upon dozens of stories to the world – both hilarious and bizarre – throughout her lifetime. Carrington’s writing literally IS the canon of surrealist fiction (imo) but with this month’s readings I'd like to expand the genre to encompass threads of magical realism and fantasy too. Each story is rooted in a version of reality, but as they unfold, surreal, magical or nightmarish scenarios begin to emerge.

Reading List

Real Women Have Bodies Carmen Maria Machado
The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington Leonora Carrington
The Silent Verse Sophia Al-Maria
A Heavy Devotion Daisy Johnson

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LANDSCAPES
We will consider:

  • Womxn’s inclusion in the sphere of nature as tool for oppression;
  • Landscape, water, fluidity and leaking as metaphor for womxn;
  • The redemptive capacity of wildnerness for womxn;
  • Manifestations of pollution, displacement and violence in womxn’s landscape, particularly trauma in indigenous landscape and communities.

Reading List

Feminism and the Mastery of Nature Val Plumwood
Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Clarissa Pinkola Estés
On Art, Walking With Our Sisters and the Problem with Reconciliation Christi Belcourt
‘viscosity’ and 'head of the lake’ Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
weariness + return Marianna Maruyama
A Bright Young Thing Jessica Andrews
Kingdomland Rachael Allen

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ANGER + RAGE:

Sara Ahmed ~ the feminist snap
Rebecca Traister ~ Righteous Rage
Audre Lorde ~ The Uses of Anger
Arlie Rothschild ~ The Concept of Emotional Labour

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WITCHES.
There has been renewed interest in witchcraft and the occult lately – for reasons that require deeper critical thought. The figure of the witch is embedded within every culture since early civilisation. We associate witches with magic, healing, spells, fortune telling, demons, the Devil himself, brooms, power, disobedience and, of course, women: lonesome women, often terribly old and most likely evil and dangerous women. However, they used to hold a very important place in the community, as healers and sometimes midwives, these supposedly evil witches were simply the common medical system in ancient times, in touch with their environment.

Through this collection of readings we will think through modern-day practices, the connection between feminism and witchcraft, the relationship systematic powers (like patriarchy, modern science and medicine, doctrine religions) have with witchcraft and the witch hunts throughout history.

Reading List

Witches, Witch-hunting and Women Silvia Federici
The Spiral Dance Starhawk
Spells: 21st-century Occult Poetry Sarah Shin and Rebecca Tamas
Witches, Sluts, Feminists Kristen J. Sollée
Woman and Nature Susan Griffin

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In the next session, which takes place on 6 February, we will be exploring the theme of romantic love & intimacy.

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Reading List: SICKNESS & DISABILITY

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In January we will be exploring the theme of sickness, illness, and disability.

More info soon!

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Reading list: TECHNOLOGY

  1. A Rant About "Technology" ~ Ursula Le Guin
  2. Racism, Technology and the Limits of Western Knowledge ~ Michelle M Wright
  3. Zeros + Ones ~ Sadie Plant (read 'preamble' + anything else that appeals)
  4. Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation ~ Laura Cuboniks

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CHAPTER 1: Motherhood
6 November, 18.30-21.30.
If you haven't already, please send us an email letting us know you'd like to join. We can accommodate a maximum of 20 people so please get in touch ASAP!

Reading list: MOTHERHOOD

  1. Motherhood, Sheila Heti (pp.20-44 & 157-164)
  2. Of Woman Born, Adrienne Rich (pp.41-55)
  3. With Animal, Carol Guess & Kelly Magee (pp.1-9)
  4. The Republic of Motherhood, Liz Berry
  5. Mothers, Jacqueline Rose

For those not on our mailing like, please get in touch if you'd us to provide you with digital scans of readings 1, 2 & 3.

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On Friday 28 September we will be presenting plot twist alongside a short montage of readings as part of the jajajaneeneenee livestream at STEDELIJK BOOK CLUB: PRESS! PRINT! PUBLISH!

Come join us from 8pm!

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plot twist is looking for members! If you are interested in joining, please get in touch and tell us about your favourite piece of writing or author, and why you'd like to join the group.

The first session will be held in October 2018.

Please see a provisional reading list below. Each month we will put together a focused reading list based around the theme we wish to explore. The first two themes are Motherhood/Reproduction and Technology/The Body.

Reading List

Of Woman Born Adrienne Rich
Motherhood Sheila Heti
Citizen Claudia Rankine
Software for People Pauline Oliveros
Book of Mutter Kate Zambreno
A Life's Work Rachel Cusk
Tendencies Eve Sedgwick
The Argonauts Maggie Nelson
Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado
With Animal Carol Guess & Kelly Magee
Float Anne Carson
Zeros and Ones Sadie Plant
Sister Outsider Audre Lorde

About

plot twist is a literary collective aiming to facilitate alternative practices, with a focus on womxn, trans and non-binary writers.

plot twist is the collective identity of a community of womxn and non-binary folk who organise reading groups, workshops and events in and around literary, queer and feminist interests. plot twist believes learning and unlearning is relational and refuses hierarchical pedagogical practices. As such, plot twist’s core activity, a monthly reading group, is organised by and with its members, who, guided by their personal or professional interests, prepare the reading lists and host the sessions. To date, topics have dissected genres from sci-fi to auto-theory, as well as embracing more intimate matters such as friendship, anger, and sickness and disability. Striking a balance between a reading group and a workshop, plot twist aspires to initiate collective discussion and reflection, trouble normative frameworks, whilst prioritising community and care.

If you're interested in joining the group please email and introduce yourself at pplottwistt@gmail.com (books you are reading, favourite author(s), personal interests and why you’d like to join the group). Currently, plot twist is a project we devote ourselves to in our spare time, so we'd appreciate your patience as we might take some time to get back to you. Meanwhile, you can read more about us on our info page, keep up to date with our reading lists on our news page or follow us on social media for very erratic updates.

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active members

Andreea Breazu, Al Primrose, Angelica Sgouros, Clara Pasteau, Danae Io, Elisa Grasso, Emily Aris, Elizaveta Strakhova, Helena Naeff, Holly Childs, Jeanette Bisschops, Juliette Lizotte, Leanne Bentley, Loren Ewart, Lucia Dove, Lucie de Brechard, Manon Bachelier, Radna Rumping, Rosie Haward, Rosie Eveleigh, Naomi Credé, Sarah Eskens, Sierra Hatcher, Sophia Seawell

founding members

Jo Kali
Georgie Sinclair

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