Friday, March 9, 2012

Week 1 Newsletter

Greetings Symposiasts!

Market Day was a blast! Not only did we sell dozens of cup cakes and icy cups and berry tarts but we got over 40 members this year!

It was so lovely to see so many new faces at our first meeting last week, with the theme of holidays. We’re going to be running a getting to know you section starting from next newsletter where we’ll ask each of our members some questions about themselves.

On that note, please send in your reviews—books, poems, movies, restaurants, if you hate it or love it or something in-between let me know!

Calendar & News
The theme for this week is nature, a theme we’ve seen a lot of that never fails to impress. Next week the theme is dance, and the week after that—on the 23rd of March—we have our first poetry slam (free entry for members, gold coin for non-members)!

We would love to see all of you perform to make this night the best it can be! Even if you’d just like to come along to watch and support, you’re more than welcome.

I’ll be setting up a blog page in the coming days specifically for our slams, including information on prizes, rules and how to enter.

Entertainment Corner
This week we have a book review from our very own Monsieur Vice Preseident Josh:

Title: Island
Author: Aldous Huxley

Island is the last novel by Aldous Huxley, combining a lifetime of spirituality, political, and philosophical thinking. It takes place in the 1960's on the fictional island of Pala from the point of view of the cynical journalist, Will Farnaby. Pala is an island paradise which has used a combination of science, Buddhism, and philosophy to create a Utopian civilisation. However, the outside world is closing in on Pala, with big corporations, believing large oil reserves to be on Pala, closing in, with Will Farnaby being an agent of one of these companies. It deals with a variety of themes, from the nature of love, the raising of children, the importance of psychology, environmentalism, the consequences of capitalism and overpopulation, and christianity. Throughout the novel the sceptical Farnaby slowly comes away to the Palanese way of thinking, yet will Pala be able to hold out against the outside world? Island is fantastically written, being easy to read, yet is incredibly thought provoking. 8/10

Writing Challenge
This week’s writing challenge looks at a common euphemism. Interpret as you wish!

How do you make love?

See you all at the meeting, I look forward do reading your poems!


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