Spring/Summer 2022 Programme

Saturday 7 May 2022 – 2pm at Crowndale Centre (see the About Us page)

Kevin McCarron (formerly Reader in American Literature, Digby Stuart College) spoke on Modernism: “these fragments we have shored…” in recognition that this is the centenary of the year 1922 when UlyssesThe Waste Land and Jacob’s Room were all published.

Kevin discussed the roots of modernism, among them a wish to move away from the concentration on form shown by the neo-Augustan poets of the previous generation, and to represent a wider range of voices and experiences in a fresh way. We wondered together why so many of us still find “Ulysses” and “The Waste Land” so difficult and unapproachable nonetheless, and how to overcome this. We also considered Virginia Woolf’s new approach in novels compared with the 19th-century realists such as George Eliot and others.

Saturday 18 June 2022 – 2pm at Crowndale Centre

Mike Irwin, Professor Emeritus, University of Kent will give us a close reading of 6 poems calling his talk “… And a Half-Dozen of Another” (titles tbc).

Saturday 16 July 2022 – 2pm at Crowndale Centre

Lindsay Martin (our Chair) will be giving the July talk called “Two Creative Circles: Ravilious & friends and Bloomsbury”, followed by the AGM. Members will know that our AGM is the speediest and most efficient AGM you have ever attended and papers to be discussed will be circulated in advance.