plot twist was initiated by Jo Kali and Georgie Sinclair in 2018. It is held at fanfare on the first Wednesday evening of each month. The second season begins in October 2019 and will last approximately eight months.
Here we gather around a table laden with snacks and drinks to explore a different theme through the written word, and perform collective reading, writing and listening exercises.
All resources such as readings, films and artworks will be created by womxn and non-binary writers. We borrow from Sara Ahmed’s citation policy in Living a Feminist Life, in which she encourages us to view citations as (re)productive technologies – a tool that circumscribes the world around certain bodies. By citing these voices, we work against a system that intrinsically favours cis-men: “Citations can be feminist bricks: they are the materials through which, from which, we create our dwellings.” Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life, p.16.
Texts will be made available online, and we can print and share readings if you have no computer access.
Meetings will be held in English.
There is no fee for plot twist but small edible contributions towards snacks for each meeting will be met with open arms (and hungry mouths!).
fanfare, our host venue, is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible.
plot twist aims to be a safe space for everyone involved. Therefore we ask that you come willing to listen and respect the opinions and subjectivities of others, even if it differs from your own.
Occasionally, we organise public activities and events, which are announced via our social media channels.
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.
Real Women Have Bodies
Carmen Maria Machado
The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington
The Silent Verse
A Heavy Devotion
This month's theme is 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.
Feminism and the Mastery of Nature
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
‘viscosity’ and 'head of the lake’
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
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.
Witches, Witch-hunting and Women
The Spiral Dance
Spells: 21st-century Occult Poetry
Sarah Shin and Rebecca Tamas
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!
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.
womxn only :-)
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.
Of Woman Born
Software for People
Book of Mutter
A Life's Work
Her Body and Other Parties
Carmen Maria Machado
Carol Guess & Kelly Magee
Zeros and Ones
plot twist is a literary collective aiming to facilitate alternative learning and sharing among womxn.
Through a series of monthly gatherings we critically reflect on themes intimately tied to our everyday lives—friendship, motherhood, technology, work—and consider how these manifest in works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays and films. plot twist encourages active engagement with texts, looking beyond the limits of the page to consider how we negotiate ourselves within today’s patriarchal structures.
If you're interested in joining or collaborating with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, you can read more about us on our info page and keep up to date with our readings lists on our news page or follow us on social media for erratic updates...