Book Group 2
|Day||1st Monday in the month|
|Venue||Long Sutton Library|
Group Leader Wendy Livesey
Book Club group are a very happy and friendly group. We receive some wonderful and different books from Lincolnshire Libraries. We have read books by famous authors such as Dawn French and Sheila Hancock, classics like “Frankenstein” and “Beowulf”. Books we probably would not have chosen to read if
we were not such a happy bunch of readers.
Our book for the August meeting was a modern translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem ‘Beowulf’ by Seamus Heaney. This was a challenging read but something many of us would not have looked at had we not been members of this group. It was interesting to see the passages that were in the original Anglo-Saxon and so we spent the remainder of the meeting studying the way the English language has developed since the Saxons arrived!
We did this by looking at extracts from Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales and original documents from 1733 to 1880. These included legal documents, examples of domestic writing and a book dated 1733. We were surprised by how much the nature of our language has changed over the centuries and brought
home the fact that our grammar and use of English is something that is constantly developing and changing over time.
With the help of one of our members we enjoy learning extra to that read, always great discussions and lots of fun. Our Group is now full, I am pleased to report, so anyone interested step up and start Book Club 3.
Good luck to one and all
Using the Lincolnshire Library services' excellent support the book club receives 12 books a year, a new one each month. The titles are selected by the group members at the start. This costs each member £3 per year.
The two-hour monthly meeting will discuss the book just read, giving it a rating. The book is then returned to the Library and the next month's book is collected.
The book club chose to meet at Long Sutton Library, where the welcoming staff will provide tea/coffee at each meeting ( a small 50p donation is given by each member which the library use to provide children’s equipment in the library). Biscuits are provided by the group members.