During a time of many social, political and environmental apocalypses, could we read enough to shape a new future? The Apocalypse Reading Room is an on-site library curated by Ama Josephine Budge: a world of talking stories in the face of environmental and social collapse, a gathering of all the books we might need to change the end of the world…
In summer 2020, The Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room goes digital and you can listen to readings online each week on a newly curated Apocalypse Reading Room webpage. Selected guests are invited to read a section of their apocalypse survival guide from their favourite reading rooms: nooks, living rooms, bedrooms, attics, garages, closets, stairwells and basements. Each reading is accompanied by questions or provocations for reading groups, and we invite you to read these texts and share your thoughts via social media: @artsadm on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ApocalypseRoom2Room. From February 2021 visit the Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room digital installation at Red Contemporary: Nourishment Centre in Hull.
Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities.
You can explore the physical reading room in person at Toynbee Studios from June 2021, produced and supported by Artsadmin, and part of Season for Change, a national programme celebrating the environment and inspiring climate action in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle, Free Word and Bernie Grant Arts Centre. This project is supported by BE PART through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and Future's Venture Foundation's Radical Independent Art Fund.
The Apocalypse Reading Room was realised in partnership with Free Word for their All The Ways We Can Grow season in 2019. Created with additional support from The Reading Agency, and donations by Housman’s Radical Bookshop, Skin Deep magazine and various publishers including Harper Collins, Hachette Children’s Group and Walker.
ARR Reading Group Introductory Engagement Pack - Download here
ARR Reading Group Resource Pack - Week One download here
ARR Reading Group Resource Pack - Week Two download here
ARR Reading Group Resource Pack - Week Three download here
ARR Reading Group Resource Pack - Week Four download here
ARR Reading Group Resource Pack - Week Five download here
ARR Reading Group Resource Pack - Week Six download here
Want to purchase one of our readers apocalypse survival guides?