Literature

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Group Co-ordinator: Ann Crawford 01763 838 080 – crawford.ann@outlook.com   Please note change of email address.

Location: Fairycroft House.

Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm on the last Wednesday of each month during the Autumn and Spring terms (not Summer term).

The literature group comprises a few people who enjoy discussing the book of the month. We have an excellent tutor in Alan McClean. He decides the theme for the term and the books to be discussed. Alan then prepares some discussion topics for us to consider. As you might imagine we do stray from the discussion point in hand but it is fair to say that a good time is had by all. If you feel like a good read and like listening to other people’s opinions then why not give us a try?

Autumn 2018 Update

Each year our tutor chooses a theme to follow through the (academic) year. This year we have followed the theme of Last Works, from the autumnal elegance of ‘Persuasion’ through the dark mystery of ‘Edwin Drood’, not forgetting the steamy violence of ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’, the harsh tragedy of ‘Weir of Hermiston’ and the bittersweet regret of Fitzgerald’s ‘Last tycoon’. 

Our theme for next season is What if?’ We’ll be reading novels which take a possible scenario and speculate on what would happen if it turned out to be true. For example, in ‘Frankenstein’, Mary Shelley asks: ‘What if it were possible to create a human being?’ In her day, this raised questions about the relationship between God and man; in ours, it raises questions about the limits of science. (And books about the future are always about the time in which they were written: think of ‘Ninety Eighty-Four’.)

In choosing titles, Alan our tutor tries to combine books which he thinks will be new to the reader with those which may have been read some time ago but are worth re-reading now. So for the first term of our next season, the books we’ll be reading are …. (Drum roll, cymbal crash.)

September 26 Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

October 31 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

November 28 – Fatherland – Robert Harris

These should prove to be an interestingly varied set of novels.  Classes will be at 2:30, hopefully at the same venue, Fairycroft House. (tbc.]

Ann Crawford

May 2018