YPRL Culture Club: our online book and film club

Do you love reading? Do you love films? Do you love discussing books and films with total strangers (that could quickly become your friends!) in a fun and relaxed environment? Are you looking to explore films and books that you normally wouldn't try? If you do then YPRL's Culture Club is for you. Best of all you don't even need to leave your home to participate: the Culture Club is all online and open to everyone. This is the perfect tonic for these iso-times and beyond.

What exactly is the YPRL Culture Club? And do I need to wear neon?
If images of the fabulous 80s group have been conjured in your mind, we're thrilled! Take that energy, place it into 2020 and settle in for a delightful trip through our online collection. Neon optional. The YPRL culture club is a weekly public discussion group of films, documentaries and books facilitated by a YPRL staff member. Think of it as an online book or film club which you can join when it suits you. Whether you want to join every week or only join us for the book chats, film chats, or the focus chats, we look forward to seeing you.

The YPRL culture club will schedule titles from our online collection using Kanopy, Beamafilm, and Bolinda eBook Campaign titles. All of these titles are available to stream and borrow for FREE using your YPRL membership. If you aren't a member you can sign up for a free digital membership here

Tell me more about what I can expect

We rotate our discussions every 3 weeks.

Week 1: Film

Week 2: Focus stream

Week 3: Book

That way, if you only want to take part in certain types of discussions you can remember your favourites take place in 3 week cycles.

You may be asking, 'Great but what do you mean by focus stream? Isn't that what this is?' Well, a focus stream is a series of films and book-to-film adaptations exploring a subject through connected themes and story-telling experiences that will ultimately give us more insight into that subject over the coming weeks.

The current stream is... FOCUS: Australia. The first four titles for this stream are Sweet Country, Midnight Oil: 1984, Ghosthunter, and Tim Winton's The Turning (both Winton's book The Turning and film Tim Winton's The Turning). We will add more titles as we go on.

When will the discussions take place? How do I prepare for each discussion?

Each Wednesday night from 7.00pm - 8.00pm beginning 20 May 2020 you can join the 60 minute online discussion session. All discussions will be on Microsoft Teams (you can download it for free here) and the session link can be found on the event page.

Upcoming sessions will be updated on this blog and on the events section of our website with information on where to find the film or book. We will be using Kanopy, Beamafilm and Bolinda/ Borrow Box titles.

All you need to do is make sure you have read or watched the week's title before the corresponding Wednesday night session.

What if I'm already a member of a film club or a book club?

We would love for you to join us! The YPRL Culture Club is open to individuals or existing clubs. All we ask from anyone each week is that you have read the book or watched the film and even though you may not agree with everyone's opinions, you remain respectful.

This is your chance to read or watch something that might be completely different from what you'd normally engage with. Whether you're rediscovering a classic, finding a hidden gem, embracing a new favourite, or stumbling upon the unexpected, we know there is something here for you!

I don't know anybody and will be taking part by myself

That's ok! You can do this on your own with others who are doing the same. We would love for you to join in. This is for everyone to enjoy something together and feel connected as much as possible while we're in these iso-times. 

Can you introduce us to the YPRL Culture Club facilitators?

Absolutely! We have 12 staff members who will be taking it in turns each week to lead the discussion.

This week, Kathryn will explore The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Book)

Next wee, Jack will take us to Ali's Wedding (Film, streaming)

In the coming weeks you will also meet Sarah, Samantha, Alan, Jack, Kathryn, Marg, Jacinda, Sarah S, Coralie, Patrick, Jane, and Carlia. 

This sounds great! What are the upcoming titles and meetings?

Below are the dates and times of the upcoming titles we will be discussing. To be ready for the discussion all you need to do is to have read the book or watched the film beforehand. Easy, right? Sure is!

June 10 Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.00pm The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland eAudio (Bolinda on Borrow Box) Kathryn

June 10 Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.00pm Lost Flowers of Alice Hart eAudio (Bolinda) Kathryn
June 17 Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.00pm Ali's Wedding Film – Kanopy Jack
June 24 Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.00pm FOCUS: Australia Sweet Country Film – Beamafilm Patrick
July 1 Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.00pm BOOK: The Children Act eBook/eAudio Carlia
July 8 Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.00pm FILM: Carol Film - Kanopy Coralie

To find out more about this week's session and to Book Now for THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART discussion

Find out more and book for ALI'S WEDDING discussion here


What else do you have in store for Culture Club?

We do love surprises and as the weeks go on, we will reveal the order of the next books and films we will cover. But here's a sneak peek of what you can expect in the first cycle:

Ali's Wedding

The Children Act



Afghan Cycles


Stay With Me


Sweet Country

Midnight Oil: 1984


Tips about eBook and eAudio

We are using Bolinda 'campaign titles' for the Culture Club. This means we can all read or listen to the book at the same time without waiting!  to make sure you're reading or listening to a copy, look for the 'Read now. Listen Now. Always Available' section in borrow box or on our website.

Tips for entry into each session (Video and Microphone)

We have found that muting your microphone and turning your video off when you enter the Microsoft Teams session helps reduce feedback/white noise and won't use all of your data! Generally speaking, when you turn off your microphone after you've finished speaking it helps keep as much 'outside' noise levels to a minimum and is easier for everyone to hear each other.

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