For October 2014 we will be reading The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al Maria.

Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. Her work has been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale, the New Museum in New York, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Five Dials, Triple Canopy, and Bidoun.

She works a great deal with the concept of “Gulf Futurism”. This concept was discussed by Bruce Sterling in two of his columns in Wired magazine. He writes of her “There needs to be an exclusive first-class purdah lounge somewhere, where people like Sophia Al-Maria can hang out because they’re too gifted, intelligent and interesting to be exposed to the actual Internet.”

Her memoir The Girl Who Fell To Earth was published by HarperCollins on November 27, 2012.

Interesting articles and links we found include …

Virgin with A Memory exhibition page now on at the Cornerhouse in Manchester (including short interview)

Sophia Al Maria’s website / blog

New York Times review of The Girl who Fell To Earth

Interview with Dazed and Confused magazine

Sophia Al Maria on Twitter

On Automobiles: an Interview with Sophia Al Maria

As always, get your copy from your local charity shop, independent bookshop or library – not Amazon! Looking forward to hearing what you all think! We are meeting at 7pm Wednesday, 15th October 2014 at X Marks the Bokship at Matt’s Gallery, E3.


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