Our meeting on 7th December was the first of its kind at LWG; referred to in the syllabus as ‘Bookmarks’, it was an opportunity for members to read something that had inspired them from their past reading. This elicited a variety of literary readings from authors as varied as Tony Roper and Bertrand Russell.
Jack began the session by reading from the humorous plays of Aristophanes. John Le Carre (Alasdair), Robert Graves (Tony) and Evelyn Waugh (Steve) were then celebrated. Amongst the lesser-known writers quoted were Terry Darlington, whose travelogue ‘Narrow Dog to Indian River’ was made to sound fascinating by Judith; and Patricia Leitch whose book ‘Dream of Fair Horses’ was extolled convincingly by Ann D – quote, ‘to love someone is to let them be themselves’.
With her usual enthusiasm, an extract was read by Rose from ‘The Mixed-up Summer of Lily McLean’ by Lindsay Littleson – a teen romp about a fifteen-year-old called Jenna who rebels against going to Millport for her holidays (this is obviously a work of surrealism).
Jim read from Janice Galloway’s ‘The Trick Is To Keep Breathing’ in his unique and distinctive manner, and Angus from Bertrand Russell’s autobiography. Ina it was who liked Rev I M Jolly; Betty quoted from ‘Entry Island’ by Peter May; Sarah did ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ by Daphne du Maurier; Jen from Peter Hoek’s ‘Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow’ and Bill D did a small piece from Pasternak’s ‘Doctor Zhivago’.
All in all it was an entertaining and educative session which I hope will be repeated in the future. Apologies to those who never got an opportunity to read and consequently did not get a mention in this small piece!