Thursday 28 September
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Sign of Four
Doyle wrote many works featuring Sherlock Holmes. This sinister short story grew out of a conversation Doyle had with Oscar Wilde about how to depict evil... Wilde went home and wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray and Doyle produced The Sign of Four. Come and have fun with Sherlock.
Thursday 26 October
Henrik Ibsen A Doll’s House
It is hard today to appreciate the shock that swept through British theatre when Ibsen’s play was first performed in London in the 1880s.To have one character dying of venereal disease and a wife walking out on her highly respectable husband, slamming the door... well! Too much for the Victorians but perhaps really refreshing for our theatre.
Thursday 30 November
Dame Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Respected world-wide for her many novels, plays and biographies, Spark is probably best known for this short novel. For Scottish readers one of its delights is the vivid recreation of Edinburgh with its double standards and Calvinistic rules. Jean Brodie is an unorthodox teacher who persuades her ‘set’ of girls that rules are there to be broken by the ‘elite’ with tragic results.
Thursday 14 December
J.M. Barrie Peter Pan
Especially for Christmas come and delve into the life of the wonderful J.M. Barrie and the special world he created for the small sons of his close friends. Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys have become a tradition for Christmas and together we will find out that ‘to die is an awfully big adventure’!
Thursday 18 January
George Eliot The Mill on the Floss
Come and meet wild, young Maggie Tulliver... in so many ways George Eliot herself. In this early novel she explores what it means to be an intelligent and questing child who breaks with convention and pays a huge, final price. Share with me one of the great works by, probably, the greatest philosopher in the English novel.
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