Collective reading event, ‘RoeReads’ returns to Roehampton

For the second year running, the University of Roehampton has joined forces with The Booker Prize Foundation to distribute over 3,000 free copies of a contemporary fictional novel as part of the RoeReads initiative.

Posted: 19 September 2016

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Jack De France, RSU President and Marie Johansen, VP of Education with copies of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

The intention is to create a University-wide conversation involving staff and students around a single work of literature which everyone has the chance to read. This year’s book is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, who was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.

Ms Fowler will visit the University on Wednesday 9 November for a special ‘in conversation’ event that will be hosted by Marie Johansen, VP of Education at Roehampton Students’ Union.

A total of 3,500 copies of the book will be given out to students and staff during September. A series of events, which includes Growhampton’s Live at the Hive, are planned in the lead up to the November finale, in which readers can share their views and experiences of the book.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves tells the story of Rosemary, a student at university, and her family. The reminiscence is clearly painful for her, and is revealed in snapshots which are woven together by her incisive and touching observations on her family history and the idiosyncrasies of families in general. Karen Joy Fowler’s story brings insights from a variety of subjects, many of which are Roehampton specialisms, such as Social Sciences, Psychology, Early Childhood and Primatology/Zoology.

Staff and students can engage with the novel and each other by joining the conversation on social media using the hashtag #RoeReads.

Copies of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves are available during Welcome Week and can be collected from Registration in Queen’s Building at Southlands College. After that, free copies can be picked up from Roehampton Students’ Union, The Hive Café, Library, as well as the College receptions.

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