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The Apocalypse Reading Room by Ama Josephine Budge at Toynbee Studios. Photo by Bettina Adela

Every Saturday in September, the artist and writer behind The Apocalypse Reading RoomAma Josephine Budge – is in the Reading Room from 12 – 6pm. Ama will be taking time to think, read, write, rest and would love to welcome you to do the same. Ama will be happy to introduce visitors to the Reading Room, talk about some of the books and ideas, and hear about your own suggestions for apocalypse survival guides.

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.

On Saturday 18 & 25 September, access worker Dot Alma will be in the reading room from 12pm – 6pm to provide additional access support.

Dot can provide: 

  • General access support to blind and visually impaired customers including Audio Description
  • Communication support for BSL users: Dot is not a BSL interpreter but is level 3 qualified
  • Readings from the library of books.

Dot Alma is a queer audio describer, access worker and performer. They originally trained in audio description with Quiplash back in July 2019, and has since worked across a variety of projects and organisations, including LADs, Queer House Party, The Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Jess Thom’s Triple Celebration, The Raze Collective, Butch Archives, And The Rebel Dykes Art and Archive show.

See the full access information for Apocalypse Reading Room here

Please email if you would like more information.

The Apocalypse Reading Room is an on-site library, a world of talking stories in the face of environmental and social transformation, a gathering of all the books we might need to change the end of the world…

The Apocalypse Reading Room transforms a public arts space into a post-apocalyptic library installation filled with books for all ages, exploring ways to build, transform, rethink, rewrite and reimagine our futures. The Apocalypse Reading Room is activated by two artists, Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Mohammed Z Rahman, who have been selected for a three-month residency programme at Artsadmin’s home, Toynbee Studios.

  • The Arts Bar & Café is wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.
  • All toilets at Toynbee Studios are gender neutral.
  • There is outdoor and distanced indoor seating.
  • There is an adjustable table attached to the armchair.
  • There is a magnifier in the Reading Room.
  • Listen to the audio description 
  • There are captioned videos of readings from the Room2Room Apocalypse Survival Guides (bring your own headphones for Covid safety – the computer requires a standard 3.5mm headphone jack).
  • Please email if you have any further access requests.
  • With thanks to Quiplash for their advice and support with access.

Date and time

18 September 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


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