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Apocalypse Reading Room

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson Mohammed Z Rahman

Artwork by Amber Perrier

This event has been cancelled. For context, please read our open letter. If you have any feedback, do not hesitate to get in touch.

An on-site library curated by Ama Josephine Budge, gathering the books we need to change the end of the world…

If I were collecting books for the apocalypse, what would my library hold? As the dust falls, and the silence settles, could I finally read enough to change the end of the world?

Curated by writer and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge, and realised with the support of arts centre Free Word, and the suggestions of artists, activists and Free Word audiences, the Apocalypse Reading Room is a travelling library installation of novels, non-fiction, poetry collections, academic texts, children’s books, YA Fiction and zines exploring different ways humans might live with their non-human kin: plant, animal, insect, gas and mineral.

Apocalypse Reading Room opens up new discussions around the importance of growth through reading, reflection and conversation in this time of many social, political, and environmental apocalypses.

Apocalypse Reading Room was realised in partnership with Free Word for their ‘All The Ways We Can Grow’ season from February to May 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.

On Saturday 8 June from 1.30-3.30pm, Ama Josephine Budge gives a performative reading followed by discussion event with Selina Nwulu and Imani Robinson, as part of Bodies in the Way.


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. Ama is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies with Dr Gail Lewis at Birkbeck University; her research takes a queer, decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on inherently environmentalist pleasure practices in Ghana and Kenya.

Ama has worked with arts institutions across the UK and abroad including the ICA, Free Word, Autograph ABP and the V&A. Ama’s fiction and non-fiction has been published internationally and she is working on her first book, a speculative duology for young adults.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. This installation takes place in a relaxed venue/café.

You can let us know your access requirements ahead of time by emailing

Date and time

3–9 June 2019

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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