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In the Evening There is Feeling: Reading Jamaica Kincaid


Led by Head of Exhibitions Eoin Dara, In the Evening There is Feeling is DCA’s reading group. It takes its name from Gertrude Stein’s 1914 book Tender Buttons and focuses, in an informal and welcoming way, on feminist and queer texts from the worlds of art and literature.

Connected to Stuart Whipps’ work in the gallery examining different histories of plants and minerals, this session will introduce and discuss some of the ideas contained within Jamaica Kincaid’s brilliant book of horticultural meditations, drawn together in a group of essays collectively titled My Garden.

In this book, Kincaid gathers together all that she loves (and hates) about gardening and examines it passionately, with generous intellect and razor-sharp wit. Through an intimate decolonial lens, she highlights the systemic racism embedded in what we understand as horticulture in the West, exposing systems of renaming, appropriation and erasure that have gone unchallenged for centuries in garden writing and literature. 

To join the conversation, book your place before 17:00 on Wed 21 October. We will send you soft copies of the texts and details of the Zoom meeting upon booking. We will also send an audio recording of Eoin reading excerpts of the writing for those of you who may find it easier or more enjoyable to listen.