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The Wokingham Paper - - SOCIETY -

BOOK-LOVERS have the chance to take their hobby in new di­rec­tions, thanks to Wok­ing­ham Lit­er­ary So­ci­ety.

Wok­ing­ham bor­ough is full of avid read­ers. There are dozens of book clubs, in­clud­ing more than 75 groups read­ing sets of books from Wok­ing­ham Li­brary. Many clubs agree a book for mem­bers to read and then meet to dis­cuss it.

Wok­ing­ham Lit­er­ary So­ci­ety, started about 70 years ago, adds an­other di­men­sion. The so­ci­ety is en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence what it of­fers as it starts its new sea­son.

Chair­man Chris Davies of Emm­brook said: “We tend to look at the wider per­spec­tive, rather than con­cen­trat­ing on one book. I’m sure there are peo­ple in Wok­ing­ham not fully aware of the so­ci­ety and we want them to know about us.”

With the so­ci­ety meet­ings you don’t need to have read the books or au­thor be­ing talked about.

Vice chair Janet Fer­gu­son said: “Pas­sages are read to us and it can all be a taster of what the book or au­thor would be like.”

There are lively dis­cus­sions and a break for tea or cof­fee.

Chris added: “Ear­lier this month we heard about Jane Austen, mark­ing the 200th an­niver­sary of her death.

“Some­times we do look at one book. On Septem­ber 21 Martin Hughes is talk­ing about Lewis Car­roll’s Through the Look­ing Glass.

“We also con­cen­trate on a pe­riod or a genre of books. On Oc­to­ber 19 I’m talk­ing about di­arists in­clud­ing Adrian Mole, Anne Frank, Tony Benn and Ken­neth Wil­liams.”

Ailsa Clay­bourn who worked for The Wild­fowl and Wet­lands Trust, will talk on birds in lit­er­a­ture, on Oc­to­ber 5, an­swer­ing th­ese ques­tions:

What sort of owl is Harry Pot­ter’s Hed­wig? Why did

King Lear call his evil daugh­ter a ‘de­tested kite’? Why was an al­ba­tross hung around a sailor’s neck in Co­leridge’s ‘The Rhyme of the An­cient Mariner’?

Mem­bers bring po­ems or book ex­tracts to read on a topic: on Novem­ber 16 it is Food and Drink. Meet­ings are at Wok­ing­ham Bap­tist Church main hall on Thurs­days, 7.30-9.30pm. In the sum­mer mem­bers meet in each oth­ers’ homes to dis­cuss their read­ing.

There are also play read­ing groups and po­etry groups. The so­ci­ety or­gan­ises the­atre trips, an an­nual din­ner, a sum­mer party and a Christ­mas so­cial. Many friend­ships de­velop within the so­ci­ety.

Mem­ber Chris­tine Hayes said: “What­ever your read­ing pref­er­ence, you will find some­thing to get your teeth into and friendly peo­ple to wel­come you.”

Vis­i­tors are wel­come at the roughly twice a month meet­ings. An­nual sub­scrip­tion is £15 a year, with non-mem­bers pay­ing £2 a meet­ing.

For more de­tails, visit: wok­ing­ham­lit­er­aryso­ci­ety.org.uk

From left mem­ber Chris­tine Hayes, chair­man Chris Davies and vice chair Janet Fer­gu­son

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