Marianas Reading Rooms


Reader-Centered Literary Experience: Read. Think. Talk. Share.










Marianas Reading Rooms


Reader-Centered Literary Experience: Read. Think. Talk. Share.


Marianas Reading Rooms

Didsbury Parsonage

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The Old Parsonage

Stenner Lane , Didsbury, Manchester M20 2RQ

Thursdays (Every fortnight) 7.30-9.00 pm

Take part in a discussion of stories, plays and novels by a variety of writers in a beautiful venue, enjoying a cup of tea and cake, usually accompanied by art exhibitions or historical interest displays. We meet  in the warm glow of the Old Parsonage’s former library to enjoy the multiplicity and richness of perspectives that emerge from sharing the reading experience in a group settFormer Library at The Old Parsonageing.

  

Contact us on 07887 747 087;

or e-mail: thereadingrooms@outlook.com

 

 

Here is what we are reading at the moment: 

 

Previously…

 

 

2016-01-11 (6)
Winter 2015
Didsbury Autumn 2015
programa junio julio didsb

 

Springtime Reads 2015:

From the Challenge your Notion of ‘Challenging Texts’ Series:
April 23rd & May 7thMind-Blowing Postmodernist Perplexities of Reading and Writing Italo Calvino,If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller (1979)
American Short Stories, Part III:  The Turbulent Twentieth CenturyFrom The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories (Edited by K. Boddy):
May 21st Squandered Riches:From The Jazz Age into the Great Depression and Beyond F. Scott Fitzgerald,‘Babylon Revisited’ (1931)

&

‘The Lost Decade’ (1939)

June 4thThe Great Depression:Conflicts in the Deep South Eudora Welty, ‘The Whistle’ (1938)William Faulkner, ‘Barn Burning’ (1939)

Whole series: £40

Winter Reads 2015:

 

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 February12thContemporary Experimental Fiction Ali Smith, How to be Both (2014)
American Short Stories, Part II: Into The Twentieth Century.From The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories (Ed. by Kasia Boddy)
 February 26thIncipient Modernism: Questioning 19th-Century Values Stephen Crane, ‘An Episode of War’ (1899)O. Henry, ‘Hearts and Hands’ (1903)
 March 12thDeveloping Modernism: Language, Spaces & Relationships Henry James, ‘The Real Right Thing’ (1899)Ernest Hemingway, ‘Out of Season’ (1923)
 March 26thThe Roaring Twenties: Society, Love & Desire Edith Wharton, ‘Atrophy’ (1927)Dorothy Parker, ‘New York to Detroit’ (1928)

2014

American Short Stories I: The Quest for an American Identity.

The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories (edited by Kasia Boddy)

November 6th

Journeying, Belonging, Finding Cultural Values

Washington Irving, ‘The Little Man in Black’

Nathaniel Hawthorne, ‘Young Goodman Brown’

November 20th

Telling Tales, Constructing Truths

Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’

Mark Twain, ‘Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog’

December 4th

Plantation Life: Origins of African-American Experience

Joel Chandler Harris, ‘The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story’

Charles W. Chesnutt, ‘The Wife of His Youth’

December 18th

In Search of a Female American Identity

Mary Wilkins Freeman, ‘Two Friends’

Fanny Fern, ‘Aunt Hetty on Matrimony’

 

September-October

Flash Fiction
John Edgar Wideman, ‘Stories’, Ismail Kadaré, ‘Before the Bath’, G.A. Ingersoll, ‘Test’

Beckett Special
Discussion of texts, followed by performance
at The Lowry Theatre + after-show discussion

Samuel Beckett, ‘Not I’, ‘Footfalls’ & ‘Rockaby’

Review of Summer Reading

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

May-August

A World of Difference. An Anthology of Short Stories from Five Continents, ed. by Lynda Prescott

Family and Community: Exile and Identity
Ana Menéndez, ‘In Cuba I was a German Shepherd’
Amy Tan, ‘The Joy Luck Club’

Cultural Tourism at home and abroad

Bernard Malamud, ‘The Last Mohican’

Romesh Gunesekera, ‘Storm Petrel’

Culture as Commodity and Perceptions of Displacement
Peter Carey, ‘American Dreams’
Nadine Gordimer, ‘The Ultimate Safari’

Moving Beyond the Stereotype

Roxana Robinson, ‘Mr Sumarsono’
V.S. Naipul, ‘One out of Many’

Communicating across Culture Clash and Conflict

Lorna Goodison, ‘Bella Makes Life’
Zadie Smith, ‘Martha, Martha’

So Near and Yet So Far: How Other is the Local Other?

Alan Sillitoe, ‘Pit Strike’
William Trevor, ‘The Distant Past’

March 

Intergenerational Relationships
Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

Kazuo Ishiguro, ‘Family Supper’

Beryl Bainbridge, ‘Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie’

February 

Realism and Experimentation in 20th Century Short Fiction: 

Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

Samuel Beckett, Stirrings Still

January 

Colm Toíbín, The Testament of Mary (2012)

2013

October-November

Realism and Experimentation in 20th Century Short Fiction: 

Alice Munro, ‘Too Much Happiness’ (Too Much Happiness, 2009)

Samuel Beckett, ‘Imagination dead, Imagine’

Alice Munro, ‘Fiction’ (Too Much Happiness, 2009)

Samuel Beckett, As the story was told’ (1973)

Alice Munro,  ‘Dimension’ & ‘Face’ (Too Much Happiness, 2009)

 June - July 

Summer Shorts

Muriel Spark’s ‘The House of the Famous Poet’ (1966) & T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ (1922)

Emma Tennant’s ‘Philomela’ 

Fay Weldon’s ‘Weekend’

B.S. Johnson’s ‘A few selected sentences’

May 

Springtime Shorts

Angela Carter’s‘Flesh and the Mirror’

Samuel Beckett’s ‘Ping’

Doris Lessing’s ‘To Room Nineteen’

Graham Greene,  ‘The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen’ 

Julian Barnes, One of a Kind’