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Previous Book Club Conversations

March 2021,  Daniel Morden  discussing 'Folklore' by Catherine Fisher
April 2021, Laura Simms (USA), discussing 'The Painted Drum'  
by Louise Erdrich
May 2021 Dan Yashinsky
(Canada)  discussing 'The Laughing Man',
short story by J. D Salinger
June 2021 Nell Pheonix  discussing 'Mother Courage' the play
by Bertolt Brecht

August 2021 Xanthe Gresham discussing
'Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine' by Joseph Campbell    

September 2021 Griot Chinyere  discussing 'Astonishing the Gods' 
by Ben Okri
October 2021 Ben Haggarty discussing  
'Conference of the Birds:The story of Peter Brook in Africa' by John Heilpern
November 2021 Amy Douglas discussing 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen'  
by Alan Garner
December 2021 BOOK CLUB SPECIAL with Tim Ralphs,
our regular host
was interviewed by Clare Murphy
about Stewart Lee's 'How I escaped my Certain Fate'

October 2020, Clare Murphy discussing 'A Short History of Myth' by Karen Armstrong
November 2020, Hugh Lupton discussing 'Riddley Walker'
by Russell Hoban
December 2020,  Emily Hennessey discussing 
Roald Dahl's 'Revolting Rhymes'
February 2021,  Dominic Kelly discussing 'The Snow Leopard' by Peter Matthiessen
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A Storyteller's Book Club

Monday evenings
7.30pm (GMT)

Storytellers in conversation about books
which inspire the Oral Traditions

Wild about Story talks to storytellers about the books that have inspired, challenged or nourished them on their journey with story. Hosted by Tim Ralphs, guest tellers will be sharing their experiences of a chosen book and reflecting on how it has watered the roots of their work in the oral tradition. Questions from the audience will also be welcome.

It may add to the experience for audience members to have read the book in advance but it is not essential. Booking is essential, a Zoom invitation will be emailed the day before each event. Questions or comments about the books under discussion are invited, in advance or on the night. We love participants to be part of the conversation!

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Tim Ralphs
in conversation with

Dovie Thomason
The Truth about Stories: a Native Narrative' by Thomas King


Cath Little
The Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys
on 3rd October

Malcolm Green
Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
on 7th November
A taster of Barry Lopez
is available here

Mats Rehnman

Orality and Literacy 
by Walter J. Ong

Gauri Raje
Haroun and The Sea of Stories
by Salman Rushdie
on 6th February 2023

Rachel Rose Reid
 6th March
'A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories'
by M.R. James


'A Monster Calls'
by Patrick Ness
on 3rd April

Nick Hennessey
'A Calendar of Love'

by George Mackay Brown
on1st May

Marion Leeper
'The Blue Fairy Book'
by Andrew Lang
on 5th June

More 2023 Dates:
3rd July

The evenings begin promptly at 7.30pm.  Ticket holders will be emailed a Zoom link the day
before each event. 
The events are recorded for a possible future bookclub
online event library.

Tickets £5.50 per event, £4 unwaged, £8.00 if you're
feeling generous. 

For more information, email
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