Reading group keeps to the left

A LEFT-WING book group has been launched in East Dunbartonshire.

The Well Red Book Club was founded by a group of activists from the Campsie branch of the Scottish Socialist Party.

Following its initial meeting in Kirkintilloch Library, it aims to meet regularly at other areas throughout the district.

Neil Scott, from Bearsden, is one of the organisers. He said: “The Well Red book-club was first suggested by a group of friends who also happened to have a progressive left political outlook, as a forum for discussion and debate.

“Our first meeting was in Kirkintilloch Library, which was fitting given it’s connections with Tom Johnston, the great socialist who, among other things helped to establish the left journal Forward in 1905. The library cafe was an excellent venue as it meant that a family were able to come along - the proximity of the children’s library meant that the children were able to read and be read to while mum and dad took part in the proceedings!

“Eleven people of all ages came along to our first meeting, and each of us spoke about our relationship with books, and gave a short review of a favourite book.

“Some of the books people described were political and some had political themes. Books discussed ranged from the Stieg Larsson trilogy, Watership Down, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Koestler’s Scum of the Earth, science fiction by Iain M Banks and Ursula le Guin.

“We’ll be having more meetings at venues across East Dunbartonshire.”