About BookTalk

Cardiff BookTalk is a University book group with a difference: we discuss expert perspectives and readers’ views about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction.

Originally established by Cardiff University in 2011, Cardiff BookTalk has been run by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy since spring 2015. BookTalkers listen to diverse interdisciplinary research topics which expand on themes in the very best classic and contemporary literature. Each speaker addresses the books from their own specialism, and this can lead to fascinating insights about the literary, social and cultural implications of the novels we read. The talks, given by University academics who are specialists in their field, as well as other expert speakers, will be followed by an open discussion session with the audience, and we want as many people to share their perspectives as possible. If you’re interested in discussing the big ideas behind great books, and want to discover new ways of looking at novels, then join us for our next session!

In addition, we will be developing a range of new activities to supplement these core events, so keep visiting to find out more about updates to the BookTalk programme.

We aim to meet every couple of months, and everyone is welcome: book groups, teachers, pupils, university students, individual readers … anyone who loves to read and discuss books!

Cardiff BookTalk Team


Dr Susan Morgan
Dr Robert Lloyd

Support Team

Christie Collins
Colin Bond

Graphic Design

Dr Rhys Tranter