7 January

The Great Italian Detective

Presentation by Sian Bowen

Over recent years, Italy has produced some highly successful crime fiction series, and at the heart of these, some memorable lead characters in the fight against crime in the bel paese. 

Sian will take a look at the work of four authors who have each given us a great Italian detective, examining the characteristics of their work that have helped to make them an international success

4 February

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be followed by a presentation on the Siege of Troy, given by Huw Griffiths.

Homer’s Iliad, and its sister epic the Odyssey, are among the great foundation stones of western literature. We will look at them and at their descendants, from ancient times right down to the present day, trying to understand where their power comes from.

3 March

Books and Climate

Christopher North will introduce "Books and Climate" - a miscellany of books and writers concerned with the problems, dangers, and politics of climate change.

The damage and destruction along the Coast at Javea and elsewhere in the province is proof, if proof were needed, that the climate is on a course of destructive change not just here but globally. The evidence has become overwhelming.  We will look at writers who have prophesied this global problem and tackled the subject to describe effects and to suggest and explore possible remedies.

7 April

Pastoral and Georgic influences in literature

A presentation by Terry Gifford 

Terry discusses the relationship that Georgic has with Pastoral from the traditions of the Ancient Greeks to contemporary literature.

5 May

The Poems of Pablo Neruda

Readers: Julie Christie and Lali Abad with commentary by Christopher North.

The Great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda became a powerful protesting voice at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War - but this was a small part of his extraordinary output  - a 20th century enrichment of the Spanish language, speaking out to the world during the Franco years. A Nobel prize-winner  honouring the enormous breadth of his work - from sensual love poetry, poetry extolling the beauty of the South American landscape, poetry of protest to poetry celebrating the joy of the very ordinary - the Elemental Odes. We celebrate his work with bi-lingual readings from his vast output - with some details of his fascinating career.'

2 June


A presentation on the life and work of Dorothy Dunnett given by Sam Laird. 

Dorothy Dunnett, OBE, born in Dunfermline, 1923-2001.  Dunnett is best known for The House of Niccoló and The Lymond Chronicles, set in the 15th and 16th centuries, respectively, but written in reverse chronological order.  Her other major work was King Hereafter, the 11th-century story of Earl Thorfinn the Mighty of Orkney, whom Dunnett believed was the historical King Macbeth. She also wrote the Johnson Johnson series of mystery novels and published her own version of the poetry of the Lymond series, among other works.   

In addition, Dorothy Dunnett was a professional portrait painter and sculptress, as well as being involved in many aspects of Scottish public life and business, often alongside her husband, Sir Alastair Dunnett (editor of The Scotsman, 1956-72). 

For more information, see http://www.dorothydunnett.co.uk/

16 June

Summer Outing

Sadly, the visit is cancelled, victim of the covid 19 virus.

7 July

Summer Supper

Sadly, the supper is cancelled, also victim of the covid 19 virus.

15 September

Summer Reading

Welcome to our first virtual meeting!

Members are invited to join and contribute with a three-minute presentation of the best book of the summer. Of course, as in our face to face meetings, you are also welcome to join in and simply listen, no pressure to speak. 

6 October

Migrants and Literature

Jean Hilder will talk about what it is to be a migrant, as discussed in four books written by a Bosnian, a Kurd, an Iranian and an Indian, with readings of excerpts.

3 November

The short story in Fiction

Poet Christopher North and novelist J David Simons will explore the enriching pleasures of the Short Story in fiction and will also be launching the Book Circle’s 2020 Short Story Competition, which is open to all members and closing on 31 December. Go to November for details.

December date to be announced

An Entertainment

For the Book Circle’s December meeting, instead of the traditional live 'Entertainment' reserved for the holidays, Coronavirus sends us to recording the event: 'Wordsworth, Keats, Clare and the Nightingale', an Entertainment celebrating the anniversaries of three poets from the Romantic Period, 1770-1820. The evening will begin at 19h, via Zoom.