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Megan's moving on
Megan Blakie has been our Promotions person for 8 years (part-time) and finishes in this role on Thursday 21 February, to take up new professional challenges. She writes: "A highlight of my job...
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NZ book prompts Lyttelton man's new career
Books can entertain, inspire and inform but a Lyttelton man’s monthly read led to a change of career. David Peers, who’s part of a seven-member all male book group with BDS, was prompted to...
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Same same but different - BDS' legal entity
By the start of the new financial year in April 2019, Book Discussion Scheme will become a charitable trust. Essentially the day-to-day operations will remain the same but legally, and at a...
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A Journey with Books 1999-2019
Dunedin 029 celebrated their 20th anniversary by going out for dinner (attended by five of the original members and the group's founder, who joined them from Waikanae!). Current convenor...
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20 years in Timaru
Timaru 008 sent in this end-of-year pic to say they have been going for 20 years. Three of the group are the originals.  "We are very proud of our group and have been there for one...
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When we discuss the book I understand better
Rachel, a migrant who attends a BDS-resourced book group for speakers of other languages, succinctly sums up a key aspect of any book-club experience. "When I read a book I think I understand the...
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Book group patron
How many book clubs have a patron? Dunedin 058 does. A patron is 'a loyal supporter of someone or something'. Google tell us that a patron of the arts 'helps support starving artists'; we hope...
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Info about overdue books now online
A new function on our website allows Convenors to check if any of their group's books are overdue. The online information, which can be accessed through the Convenor part of the BDS website, allows...
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Male 'book and beverage' group hits the spot
Peter Swan's all-male book club might seem to encourage stereotypical 'bloke' behaviour but at closer inspection his 'Beverage and Books' group does anything but. The former civil-structural...
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Male book group encourages tolerance
A Mount Albert man believes his all-male book group not only promotes a love of reading but encourages tolerance. Michael Loo, who meets up monthly with four other male readers, says belonging to a...
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 NZ book prompts new career  

This Lyttelton man embarked on a new career because of a book selected by his men's book group. Read about it here.

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