Reading Group

SWINDON ARTSWORDS READING GROUP                                           July 2019

Dear Reader

The 190th monthly meeting of the Swindon Artswords Reading Group took place on the
evening of 9th July.

We talked about Swing Time by Zadie Smith. All agreed it was ‘very well-written’. Some
thought it ‘a totally plausible page-turner’ while others cared neither for the characters,
nor the story, such as it was, and found it tiresome. But, as ever, by discussing all points
of view, new reading insights were gained and discoveries made. Ah, the joy and value of a good reading group.

We made time to suggest, consider, and choose titles for the rest of the year, determined
to find some good reads. Here are the final choices (all available in paperback) and details of the short story commission.

7.30pm Tuesday 17th SeptemberHome Fire by Kamila Shamsie. An urgent and
compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide. Reckoned to be a
contemporary reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone. We’ll see . . .

7.30pm Tuesday 15th October Middle England by Jonathan Coe. What’s going on in
England? Why are some people perpetually cross and others perpetually not? Are the
‘good old days’ really a thing of the past? Who said anything about Brexit?

7.30pm Tuesday 19th November A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. In 1922,
with Russia in upheaval, a Bolshevik tribunal sentences Count Alexander Rostov to
indefinite house arrest, in an attic and a life without luxuries; but is it the richer for that?

7.30pm Tuesday 10th December The Warden by Anthony Trollope. A little classic of a
certain kind of 19th century English Literature, here is a story of an elderly clergyman and controversy in a familiar county’s cathedral city.

Also, sometime soon, we shall be hearing from Alice Jolly and receiving her first draft of the story we have commissioned. Exciting!

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