The Greyfriars Literary Group hold series of meetings in the Hilary Christy Room typically on Tuesdays, 10.15am to 12 noon. Anyone is welcome and it is fine to attend individual meetings, as this is not run as a course. Each attendance is £5, payable at the door.

The organiser is Doris Hughes who can be contacted on 01425 478764 and by email: [email protected]


Literary Group

Date Title Description Speaker
23 April 2019 Shakespeare: Puzzles and Poetry A look the mystery of the man, and the pleasures of his poetry.  Selected extracts of his poetry, including some sonnets, will be available Emma Jolly
7 May 2019 Robert Browning:  Theatre without a Playhouse Robert Browning, the Victorian poet, was a master of the Dramatic Monologue and able to convey complex personalities and dramas through them.  This will look

At several of his monologues, examining their variety and some of their techniques.

Henry Merrit
21 May 2019 William Tyndale, who gave the world English as we know it Defying Henry VIII and the Catholic Church William Tyndale secretly and illegally translated the Bible from the original into lively English.  He was betrayed, convicted of treason and died a martyr and yet four years later his translation was in every Church in England. Jeremy Houghton-Brown
4 June 2019 Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Horror In his short life, 1809-1849, Edgar Allen Poe was a prolific writer of poetry and fiction.  He is often credited with being a pioneer of science fiction and with creating the first detective hero.   He is probably more well known for his gothic tales of horror, with scholars frequently drawing connections between the dark side of Poe’s imagination and the age in which he lived. Denise Wells
18 June 2019 Why I love Mansflield Park Mansfield Park was the first novel written at Chawton.   Is it Jane Austen’s finest novel, or is it the one you like the least?  It is one of my favourites and I will explain why.  Why are Fanny Price and Mrs Norris such brilliant characters? Elizabeth Proudman
2 July 2019 Philip Larkin “All that survives is Love” His poetry has been described as work “from which even people who distrust poetry can take comfort and delight” Larkin explores the often uncomfortable and sometimes terrifying experiences of ordinary people using ordinary people’s language.   We shall hear recordings of some of his best known pieces. Mary Bevan