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December 2019

Literature Lecture and Lunch: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

6th December, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

One of the most popular family stories, this is hugely autobiographical. Come and meet the delightful March family, based on Alcott’s own. But the real story behind the charm is very different and the life so much harsher than the fiction.

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February 2020

Literature Lecture: A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

7th February 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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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June 2020

Literature Lecture: Vanity Fair by William Thackaray

5th June 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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 2020, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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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