April 25, 2018

Literary Café


In the last session of our 2018 season, Mark Ball MA (Cantab) scholar and literary enthusiast talks informally yet with passion and insight about one of the greatest short novels in the western tradition.

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


Christ Church Literary Café 2019

 ‘Shakespeare is difficult but so is life.’ (Finton O’Toole).

Yes, Mark Ball MA (Cantab) scholar and literary enthusiast has bitten the bullet to talk about his passion for Shakespeare. In our eighth season Mark will talk informally yet with passion and insight on a selection of Shakespeare’s plays – the greatest master of the word in the English language. He shapes the thoughts we think and the language we use, even when we don’t know it. Twelve plays – one each month – showing twelve ways of approaching Shakespeare. All are welcome from those who know loads, to those who know nothing – but for all who are keen to know more.


Twelve passionate yet informed lectures – every third Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3pm with tea/coffee and cake @ Christ Church Community Rooms on Bessborough Road, Oxton. £5 per session. Come to one meeting or all as you feel drawn.


January 15th               Hamlet

Kings of infinite space: Shakespeare invents our modern world.

February 19th                A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Nature and Culture 1: Shakespeare celebrates!

March 19th                  King Lear

Nature and Culture 2: Shakespeare refuses to blink.

April 16th                     Falstaff  in Henry IV and the history plays

Shakespeare’s great tragi-comic myth for England.

May 21st                         As You Like It

Under the greenwood tree: Shakespeare and Hope.

June 18th                   Macbeth

Wintry things 1: Shakespeare on Anarchy.

July 16th                      Twelfth Night

Wintry things 2: Shakespeare on Fun and Consolation.

August 20th             Measure for Measure

Sex and the City: Shakespeare on Morality and Justice.

September 17th      Othello

The madness of love 1: Shakespeare on Psychological Disaster.

October 15th           Anthony and Cleopatra

The madness of love 2: Shakespeare on Spiritual Triumph.

November 19th       The Winter’s Tale

Time and Redemption 1: Shakespeare and Common Ground.

December 17th        The Tempest

Time and Redemption 2: Shakespeare and the Last Island.