April 25, 2018

Literary Café

 

We are excited about our seventh season. Mark Ball MA (Cantab) scholar and literary enthusiast talks informally yet with passion and insight on a selection of the greatest short novels in the western tradition. Shorter works that still reveal the brilliance of their writers. Read beforehand – or come and be enthused to read later.

This season the approach is to speak to a theme – which will be further explored in a 15-minute epilogue on a play of William Shakespeare, opening a door into England’s greatest dramatist.

Twelve passionate yet informed lectures – every third Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3pm with tea / coffee and cake. £5 per session. Come to one session or all as you feel drawn.

Jan 16th Hermann Melville “Billy Budd” Epilogue: “Othello”
Theme: Mankind and the Sea 1

Feb 20th Conrad “The Secret Sharer” Epilogue: “Twelth Night”
Theme: Mankind and the Sea 2

March 20th Albert Camus “The Outsider” Epilogue: “Hamlet”
Theme: Mankind on the Beach 1

April 17th Thomas Mann “ Death in Venice” Epilogue: “The Merchant of Venice”
Theme: Mankind on the Beach 2

May 15th Hardy “Under the Greenwood Tree” Epilogue: “As You Like it”
Theme: Love and the Natural World 1

June 19th Lawrence “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” Epilogue: “Anthony and Cleopatra”
Theme: Love and the Natural World 2

July 17th Kipling “The Man who would be King” Epilogue: “The Tempest”
Theme: History, Men and Empire

Aug 21st Stevenson “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” Epilogue: “Macbeth”
Theme History, Men and Madness

Sept 18th Woolf “Between the Acts” Epilogue: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Theme: History, Women and Masques

Oct 16th James Joyce “The Dead” Epilogue: “ Henry the Fourth”
Theme: Mankind and the Coming of Winter 1

Nov 20th Dostoievski “The Grand Inquisitor” Epilogue: “ King Lear”
Theme: Mankind and the Coming of Winter 2

Dec 18th Dickens “The Cricket on the Hearth” Epilogue: “The Winter’s Tale”
Theme: Mankind and the Coming of Winter 3