BookTalk 2020-21: Octavia Butler, Jane Austen and Shirley Jackson

Due to the current circumstances regarding COVID-19, Cardiff BookTalk is planning to run as an online series of events for the 2020-21 academic year. We hope this will allow us to maintain social distancing and still provide the book group with a difference: discussing expert perspectives and readers’ views about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction.  

We’re delighted to announce that we have three forthcoming events scheduled so far (see below). Please note these details are subject to change and we hope to develop our spring schedule with further events – so look out for more updates from us! For now: happy reading and see you (virtually) soon.  

All events are free and open to all. Events will take place on Zoom. You must register in advance in order to attend – more information to follow.  

12 November 2020, 7pm 

Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle 

Confirmed speakers: Shelley Ingram (University of Louisiana), Robert Lloyd (Cardiff University), Joan Passey (University of Bristol) 

Register for Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle

3 December 2020, 7pm  

Jane Austen’s Emma  

Confirmed speakers: Gillian Dow (University of Southampton), Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University), Mariam Wassif (University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne) 

Register for Jane Austen’s Emma

3 March 2021, 7pm  

Octavia Butler’s Kindred 

Confirmed speakers: Josie Gill (University of Bristol), Britney Henry (University of Delaware) 

May and June will feature events on Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light and Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse (dates and speakers to be announced soon).

Updates and registration info (forthcoming):  

Contact: Anna Mercer,  

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