Crime fiction and an introduction to the Peter May Trilogy
Presented by Terry Gifford
To what extent does May suggest that these storm-swept conditions have shaped the characters and culture of the islanders themselves? In October 2020, Terry Gifford undertook an investigation into this question on Lewis and Harris. This is his illustrated report.
The pen and the pandemic:
How to survive lockdown in half a dozen books. Presented by Alma Dorndorf.
There’s nothing like a heart-warming, escapist novel to keep your mind off the coronavirus crisis. Fiction cannot cure illness or predict the future, but it certainly helped us survive a lockdown. My friends and I chose six books which delighted, intrigued, amused and transported us and which we enjoyed sharing with you.
The World of ...
Presented by Peter Davies.
There are some writers whose name can fit into the phrase "The World of ..." and everyone will know what that means.
Peter talked about a couple of authors who write about real or imagined worlds in ways that make readers know them and desire to return to them again and again, focusing on Iris Murdoch and Graham Greene.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM was followed by a review of events in the past year, presented by Huw Griffith on Zoom.
Books that got us through 2020
Books that inspired, intrigued or amused members as lockdown forced its way into our lives.
Wordsworth, Keats, Clare and the Nightingale:
Devised and narrated by Christopher North with readings by
The Short Story in Fiction
Christopher North and novelist J David Simons explored the pleasures of the short story in fiction and also launched the Book Circle’s 2020 short story competition.
Migrants and Literature
Jean Hilder talked about what it is to be a migrant, as discussed in four books written by a Bosnian, a Kurd, an Iranian and an Indian.
We welcomed members to our first virtual meeting!
An Introduction to Dorothy Dunnett
Sam Laird introduced us to Dorothy Dunnett, OBE, born in Dunfermline, 1923-2001. She is best known for The House of Niccoló and The Lymond Chronicles.
The Poems of Pablo Neruda
We celebrated his work with bilingual readings by Julie Christie and Lalie Abad, accompanied by details drawn from his fascinating life.
Pastoral and Georgic Influences in Literature
Terry Gifford discussed the relationship between Georgic and Pastoral, from the Ancient Greeks to contemporary literature.
Books and Climate Change
Christopher North introduced "Books and Climate Change" - a miscellany of books and writers concerned with climate change.
Annual General Meeting
TheAnnual General Meeting was followed by a presentation on the Siege of Troy, given by Huw Griffiths.
The Great Italian Detective
Sian Bowen took a look at the work of four authors who have each given us a great Italian detective.
This holiday entertainment comprised a reading of "In the Footsteps of Cervantes", devised and directed, as always, by Cchristopher North.
Erica Meltzer presented "War stories: an oral history of World War II in France".