The Monthly Read

If you enjoy reading literature for pleasure, would like to build your confidence in discussing texts and be introduced to new ideas, this course could be for you. This is a supportive group for readers who simply wish to share ideas about books with the guidance of a university tutor. Each term we study three texts linked by a common literary theme.

For Spring and Summer 2022, we will be offering two Monthly Read courses: one online, and one face-to-face on campus. These two courses will have different themes and novels for each term so students can choose to sign up for both if they would like to.

The Monthly Read Online: Autumn Term 2021

DetailsDescription
When Wednesday afternoons 2 pm to 4 pm
Dates

3 meetings

Dates: 13 October, 17 November, 15 December 2021

Where

Online

Tutor

Dr Sue Edney

Description

Love Lost and Found

We will read three Scots, Irish and Welsh tales of love lost and found. These stories develop out of a kinship between human, nonhuman and the land, houses and villages in which they are enmeshed. All the books immerse us in language-patterns of Celtic and Gaelic culture.

Texts

Sunset Song by Lewis Crassic Gibbon (1932, Book 1 of A Scots Quair

The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor (2002)

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas (final version 1953)

Course fee

£115 per course 

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

The Monthly Read Online: Spring Term 2022

DetailsDescription
When Wednesday afternoons 2 pm to 4 pm
Dates

3 meetings

Dates: 2 February, 2 March, 6 April 2022 

Where

Online

Tutor

Dr Sue Edney

Description

The daily grind

These three novels look at different ways of working, past and present, and the huge variety of everyday work. They are real stories as well as imaginative (and occasionally funny!) retellings of what constitutes work, the ‘workplace’ and the place of work in human lives.

Texts

Hard Times by Charles Dickens (1854)

A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark (1988)

Dart by Alice Oswald (2002)

Course fee

£115 per course 

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

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To receive updates about this course, please email english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

The Monthly Read Online: Summer Term 2022

DetailsDescription
When Wednesday afternoons 2 pm to 4 pm
Dates

3 meetings

Dates: 4 May, 8 June, 6 July 2022 

Where

Online

Tutor

Dr Sue Edney

Description

The unknown abroad

Foreign travel can be limited in more ways than one. Underlying the beauties of culture, language and landscape, there is often unrest, political anxiety, violence, and environmental catastrophe on scales beyond our own worlds. Here are three controversial stories that depict unusual and diverse problems affecting other countries currently and in the recent past. 

Texts

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (1931)

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (1983)

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh (2004)

Course fee

£115 per course 

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

Booking for this course will open soon

To receive updates about this course, please email english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

Contacts

Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

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

Email: english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk
Tel: 0117 928 8924

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