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February 2020

Literature Lecture: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

7th February, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

Written in 1931, long before Orwell’s ‘1984’, is this future dystopia becoming more and more a probability?

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March 2020

Literature Lecture: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

6th March, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

The recent television production of Atwood’s dystopia has overshadowed the quality of her actual book. Come and discover what she really said and what the implications are.

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April 2020

Literature Lecture: King Lear by William Shakespeare

3rd April, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

Here we witness the terrible consequences of ‘hubris’: the elderly Lear’s belief in his own rightness and his actual total failure to read basic human nature.

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May 2020

Literature Lecture: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

1st May, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

A discussion of the works of two of Britain's greatest poets, the story of whose tragic lives has all too often overshadowed the beauty of their work.

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June 2020

Literature Lecture: Vanity Fair by William Thackaray

5th June, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

Recently made popular by television, this is the novel that made Thackeray a household word. Let’s enjoy Becky Sharpe and her worldly progress through unscrupulous ambition.

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July 2020

Literature Lecture: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

10th July, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

An Italian medieval murder mystery with a Sherlock Holmes-like monk hero and an esoteric puzzle at its core. Come and enjoy a different type of Baskerville.

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August 2020

Literature Lecture: Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

7th August, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

Here Marlowe explores the consequences of a pact with the devil...a fascinating study of hubris and arrogance. Come and discover if hell is a state of mind?

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September 2020

Literature Lecture: The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe

3rd September, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

This is the first great tragic novel in all of European literature. Here we meet Goethe’s younger self and the story of unrequited love as it happens to a young artist ill-equipped to deal with it.

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October 2020

Literature Lecture: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

1st October, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

The most famous of all journeys! Let’s look at the book which is behind all the great writing which came after.

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November 2020

Literature Lecture: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

5th November, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
£22

One of Gaskell’s best loved novels...the most humorous and also closest to home in that ‘Cranford’ is based on Knutsford where Gaskell spent her girlhood.

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