City Lit reading group (online)
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
online session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell. Monthly meetings take place on 15/10, 19/11/21, 04/02, 04/03/22.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HLT268
Duration: 4 sessions (over 21 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is not so much a course as a forum for a group of us to share our feelings about and reactions to a selection
of contemporary novels. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and
having read 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell. Waterstones 'book of the year 2020' is described by Claire Tomalin as
'A bold undertaking, beautifully imagined and written.'.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
You will read books chosen by group consensus, considering a range of contemporary fiction, written in English.
During the session we will discuss the novel in question by considering various aspects such as theme, plot,
characters, etc. We will also discuss how successful we think the author has been in the particular work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-read books you might not have considered before
-focus on key points when discussing a literary work
-express your opinion clearly.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level of the course is introductory. No previous knowledge or experience of Literature is necessary. However,
learners will, ideally, need the following skills and attributes:
An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will be expected to read the
selected novel for each session.
An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.
A commitment to acquiring and developing ways of understanding how the writer uses language to achieve effect.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Twice a term, over two terms, the group will select a novel to be read before the following session, when there will be a group discussion on the merits of the book in question.
Meetings take place on 15/10, 19/11/21, 04/02, 04/03/22.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to read and bring a copy of 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell to the first session.
You will be required to borrow or buy the selected book in paperback for each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look up other fiction courses under History, Culture & Writing/Literature on the website: www.citylit.ac.uk.
Jenny has a BA in Literature and an MA in Performance Arts, She has taught English and Drama in schools and Further Education Colleges and English Literature at University level. She has taught Literature at The City Lit since 1998 and was the Co-ordinator for Literature and Film for the Humanities Department for several years. Jenny writes plays and poetry and has been a stand up poet.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.