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Monday Lecture – 27th Jan, Lindsey Davies: Writing a series

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

‘Make sure you put the dog in it enough!’ – historical novelist Lindsey Davis will talk about the perils and benefits of writing long novel sequences. With thirty years’ experience of producing the Falco and Albia series, she will discuss sustaining characters and story lines, avoiding howlers and keeping things fresh. Do series have to be preplanned or are surprises good? What differences are there between setting up Falco in the late 1980s and started to write about Albia twenty…

Study Day – Reclaiming the classics

January 31 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The freshness of Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey in 2017 and the vigour of Donna Zuckerberg’s Not All Dead White Men (2018) will be the basis for an exploration of how writers such as Margaret Atwood, Pat Barker, Emily Hauser, Natalie Haynes, Ursula Le Guin, Madeline Miller and Alice Oswald have rejected those traditional, easy and long-held assumptions that classical writers endorse male superiority and patriarchy. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason &…

Monday Lecture – 3rd Feb, John Blewitt: William Morris

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Much loved in his own era, William Morris has inspired Prime Ministers (Attlee), artists and Eco-socialists (John Bellamy Foster). Ferociously opposed to capitalism and inequality, he sought to embrace humanity with passion, commitment, energy and a belief working vigorously for a free, green non-hierarchical future.  All this-with his distrust of conventional politicians and with his belief that people can and must change the world-resonates in social movement politics today. In his book, John offers fresh perspective: a trans historical approach…

Monday Lecture – 10th Feb Steven Rice: Steelhouse Lane Lock Up.

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Steve Rice, an expert on Steelhouse Lane Lock Up as he talks about the history of the site and some its most notorious inmates.  Additional books and publications to supplement this Lecture will be available on the day.

Study Day – How do i love thee…?

February 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Once it was pointed out to us that we had scheduled a Study Day for this date, and, to quote Shakespeare, ‘what the dickens’ were we doing planning to devote such a special day to some chap’s novel, we bowed to the inevitable and decided that it would be appropriate for us to indulge our romantic inclinations. Shakespeare will be well represented, but we also promise an eclectic mix of poetry and prose ranging through the centuries. To attend this…

Monday Lecture – 17th Feb, Dr Rebecca Mitchell: Victorian Mourning Dress

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

For Victorian widows, mourning could be a full time job. Strict rules dictated what one could wear and where one could go in the weeks and months following a bereavement. But the Victorians also made a lively business out of mourning dress, as emporiums sprung up, offering the latest fashions and fads in appropriately sorrowful shades of black and purple. Join us for a talk that explores both sides of Victorian mourning dress: the sadness and the style.     

Study Day – Euripides

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Euripides, The Trojan Women (415 bc), Iphigenia Amongst the Taurians (c. 412 bc) and Iphigenia in Aulis (405 bc) After identifying on previous study days Euripides’ sympathetic engagement with the predicament of women in his Electra and Medea, we shall explore what three more of his plays might have to say to us today. We shall include reference to the films by Michael Cacoyannis that were released in 1971 and 1977. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers…

Monday Lecture – 2nd March, Christopher Joll: Regimental Historian of the Household Cavalry

March 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Christopher Joll was educated at the RMA Sandhurst and Oxford University. He served in The Life Guards from 1968 to 1975, during which time he spent two years in Northern Ireland during the early years of The Troubles. After leaving the British Army, Christopher worked in the City and in industry, including several years as the international sales director of the Coventry armoured car manufacturer, Alvis Ltd. Since 2000, Christopher has focused on writing action-adventure novels and military history, and…

Study Day – Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge (1841)

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Might a narrative which exposes misrepresentation and lies (‘fake news’), persuasion through flattery and manipulation (‘spin’) and incitement to violence (‘rabble rousing’) possibly be relevant today? It is difficult to account for the relative neglect of a novel which shows Dickens at his most passionate and compassionate. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason & Keith Parsons at studydays@deliveringshakespeare.com   £21 non-members. £20 for BMI Members

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