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ama josephine budge sitting on a sofa in the apocalypse reading room library installation
Ama Josephine Budge in The Apocalypse Reading Room at Toynbee Studios. Photo by Bettina Adela

Join us for an evening of talking stories and imagined futures with invited thinkers from the Apocalypse Reading Room, hosted by the artist: speculative writer, and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge.  

As part of Artsadmin’s What Shall We Build Here festival of art, climate and community, Ama invites a panel of speakers to join her in an intimate evening of conversations and conjurings, exploring climate justice, queer ecology, speculative possibilities and creating our own apocalypse survival guides.

Ama Josephine Budge is in conversation with Residency artist Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Zahra Dalilah, writer, activist and co-founder of Kinfolk Network, an initiative which brings Black activists and organisers together to explore the history of national and international social movements, to share organising practise and to contextualise what achieving collective liberation looks like within the UK.

The Apocalypse Reading Room is an installation by speculative writer and artist Ama Josephine Budge: 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…

For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be recorded and shared online at a later date.  

Ama Josephine Budge is a speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist whose praxis navigates queer explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, and who has been both exhibited and published internationally.

Follow Ama on Instagram: @amajosephine #ApocalypseReadingRoom

Zahra Dalilah is a black feminist from Lewisham, South East London with visions for a world rooted in a decolonial praxis which sees ecological and spiritual liberation for peoples and planet. In 2015 she joined Take Back The City, an anti-gentrification and popular education political project which offered an intervention into local elections. In 2017 she also co-founded a network of Black and African activists called KIN, which has since hosted national and international convenings of leading Black activists and organisers. Since then her commitment to community-led radical political action has manifested through her involvement with the community food movement and land-based activism, especially where it is led by people of colour. She believes that parties with excellent food and exceptionally curated playlists can take us there alongside a lot of very long meetings, spreadsheets and hearts full of love and generosity. She is obsessive about strategy and enjoys growing herbs and pouring candles. 

We’ve been working hard to make Toynbee Studios as safe as possible for artists, audiences, hirers, café customers, tenants and staff. Read the safety measures we have in place. 
Our safety measures remain unchanged since 19 July and we are committed to an inclusive reopening.

  • 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.
  • For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be recorded and shared online at a later date.
  • We are collaborating with Quiplash to provide further access.
  • Please email if you have any access requests.

Date and time

9 September 2021
This event is now sold out.

Please note
This is now a past event.


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