What we're about

We think therefore we read!

We meet once every two months to discuss fiction that explores the nature of existence, challenges social and political concepts and tries to get to the core of what it might mean to be human.

For you if you like fiction that is considered:

• Philosophical

• Existential

• Experimental

• Postmodernist

• Novels of ideas

Upcoming events (2)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce [Pub meeting]

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N.B. this meeting will be held in person in a pub in central London. There is also an online session held on Thursday if you are not in London or are not able to attend in person for any other reason.

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Time to return to Modernism and our first encounter with James Joyce.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was Joyce’s first novel and explores themes that he would continue to examine in his future masterpieces: myth, experimentation with style and personal, national and religious identity.

Follow the ‘hero’ Stephen Dedalus as he develops as a person and grows into an artist during the decades leading up to what would become Ireland’s War of Independence.

The meeting will start at 7pm and finish between 9.30 and 10pm (BST), with breaks in between.

The online meeting link will be shared on the day.

Here’s the summary from goodreads:

The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, his quest for identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a universal testament to the artist's 'eternal imagination'. Both an insight into Joyce's life and childhood, and a unique work of modernist fiction, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel of sexual awakening, religious rebellion and the essential search for voice and meaning that every nascent artist must face in order to blossom fully into themselves.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce [Online meeting]

N.B. this meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is also an in-person session being held on Wednesday in a pub in central London.

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Time to return to Modernism and our first encounter with James Joyce.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was Joyce’s first novel and explores themes that he would continue to examine in his future masterpieces: myth, experimentation with style and personal, national and religious identity.

Follow the ‘hero’ Stephen Dedalus as he develops as a person and grows into an artist during the decades leading up to what would become Ireland’s War of Independence.

The meeting will start at 7pm and finish between 9.30 and 10pm (BST), with breaks in between.

The online meeting link will be shared on the day.

Here’s the summary from goodreads:

The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, his quest for identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a universal testament to the artist's 'eternal imagination'. Both an insight into Joyce's life and childhood, and a unique work of modernist fiction, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel of sexual awakening, religious rebellion and the essential search for voice and meaning that every nascent artist must face in order to blossom fully into themselves.

Past events (80)

The Symposium - Plato [Online meeting]

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