Reading Group

SWINDON ARTSWORDS READING GROUP                        December 2018

Dear Reader

The 183rd monthly meeting of the Swindon Artswords Reading Group took place on the evening of 4th December.

We talked about Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane. Some ‘loved it’ for its ‘grasp of language and nature’, while others ‘took issue with it’ for its ‘wordiness and romantic view of nature’... It gave us plenty to talk about!

We made time to suggest, consider, and choose titles for the first part of 2019. Here are the final choices (all available in paperback) and details of one commissioning event.

7.30pm Tuesday 15th January – The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James. A Study in Human Nature; the nature of religion and the neglect of science, in James' view. It sits firmly in the canon of psychology and philosophy, and has remained in print for over a century.

7.30pm Tuesday 19th February – Reunion by Fred Uhlman. A universal story of friendship; a story of the fragility, and strength, of the bonds between friends, especially in tricky times.

7.30pm Tuesday 26th March – English Journey by J B Priestley. A journey through England from Southampton to the Black Country, to the North East and Newcastle, to Norwich and home. Sheds light on the nature of Englishness.

7.30pm Tuesday 23rd April – Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian. Our hero arrives home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. But soon he must flee to the continent and finds himself a hunted fugitive . . . .

7pm Friday 10th May – Alice Jolly talks about her latest book at the Swindon Spring Festival – of literature and the arts.

7.30pm Tuesday 11th June – Commissioning a short story with Alice Jolly; choosing books for the rest of the year.

7.30pm Tuesday 9th July Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Two girls dream of being dancers - but only one has talent. The other has ideas about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, and what it means to be free . . .

All meetings are held at Lower Shaw Farm, Old Shaw Lane, Shaw, West Swindon, SN5 5PJ. Start time is 7.30pm.- The cost is £2 per session.

If there is anything else you need to know, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Happy reading and season’s greetings!

Matt Holland