One-off special Highland Pride Walking Book Group event

Velocity Café & Bicycle Workshop in collaboration with Inverness Kiki Family, High Life Highland Libraries, and PhD researcher Ingrid Brubaker from UHI Inverness, are excited to announce a one-off special walking book group event at the Inverness Botanic Gardens on Saturday 29 June. This event is part of Highland Pride 2024 and supported by funding provided by the Highland Community Waste Partnership.

This collaborative book group is an opportunity for people to meet and discuss a book that involves both LGBTQ+ and environmental topics. The event involves a walk along the banks of the River Ness from Eden Court to Inverness Botanic Gardens, followed by an informal and inclusive book group discussion around the chosen book The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. High Life Highland Libraries have kindly provided a set of books, which participants can order from their local High Life Highland library.

Ingrid Brubaker, UHI PhD researcher said:

Moving a book group outside is a natural choice when you live in a place as beautiful as Inverness. I’m hoping this event brings people together under the banner of Highland Pride, and it’s such a joy to collaborate with so many amazing local organisations and partners to make this happen.”

Simon, Highland Pride committee member said:

“As Highland Pride SCIO, we wanted to enable the wider community to contribute their ideas for a diverse and accessible programme of events to celebrate Pride month in 2024. The Highland Pride Walking Book Group is just the sort of event we were hoping for, and the team behind this have created something unique and inclusive that we think is a wonderful addition. We hope that this will be the first of many similar events in future, both in and outside of Pride month.”

Clare Sterritt, Project Officer from Velocity Café & Bicycle Workshop said:

“We are looking forward to this collaborative event as part of Highland Pride 2024 programme of events. We are excited about providing an open and inclusive space to support conversation around both the LGBTQ+ community and tackling the complex and dynamic issues surrounding the climate crisis.”

If you are interested or have any questions, please email

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