The Monthly Read

Join our monthly seminar-style sessions led by a University tutor to discuss popular and little-known fiction. Sign up for 3 months at a time; each term a new topic and a new set of novels. These stimulating discussions will help you get the most out of your reading and give you an opportunity to discuss books with other people from Bristol and the surrounding communities.


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

The Monthly Read: Spring 2023

When Wednesday afternoons 2 pm to 4:30 pm

3 meetings

Dates: 22 February, 22 March, 19 April 2023


University of Bristol, Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB.


Dr Stephen Derry


Faces and Fortunes

Join our monthly seminar-style sessions led by a University tutor to discuss popular and little-known fiction. Faces are of central significance in all three of these Victorian fictions of double lives: Ellen Wood's melodramatic romance, possibly the best-selling novel of the 19th Century, Anthony Hope's adventurous intrigue, which introduced the word "Ruritanian" into the language and Oscar Wilde's scandalous tale of fin-de-siecle damnation. 


February: East Lynne, Mrs Henry Wood (1861) 
The Prisoner of Zenda, Anthony Hope (1894) 
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (1891) 

Course fee
Previous qualifications/experience No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

What our students say...

The course has been a beacon of purpose, focus, excitement, intellectual enlightenment and inspiration. I love that I learn something new each time and go away with ideas of other texts to read. I feel that the course has given me intellectual inspiration and lifted me up.

The Monthly Read participant, Autumn 2021

The sessions were extremely stimulating and I, for one, have never had any confidence in my abilities to analyse academically, feel a glimmer that perhaps I can contribute something useful to a discussion. By the third session I began to feel that I could definitely build on the confidence I gained. I have learnt to speak out in what was an extremely encouraging and safe environment. A new experience for me and very exciting!

The Monthly Read participant, Spring 2022
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