The Readers' Voice 2010

A Second Convention for Readers and Reading Groups

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The Readers' Voice 2010
On line Discussion

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

following the Convention
A free downloadable e-Book is available here 

Articles from

Readers' Voice
Convention 2009

can be found here.

The Readers' Voice

Authors read by
Books on the Broad
Reading Group: 

Chinua Achebe
Kingsley Amis
Martin Amis
Paul Auster
Pat Barker
Julian Barnes
Saul Bellow
Peter Carey
Lewis Carroll
Angela Carter
Joseph Conrad
Anita Desai
Kiran Desai
Charles Dickens
JP Donleavy
Ralph Ellison
F Scott Fitzgerald
E M Forster
Elizabeth Grant
Graham Greene
Kate Grenville
Mohsin Hamid
Ernest Hemingway
Alan Hollinghurst
Khaled Hosseini
Kazuo Ishiguro
Franz Kafka
Yasmina Khadra
Barbara Kingsolver
Matthew Kneale
Hanif Kureishi
DH Lawrence
Harper Lee
Stanislaw Lem
Doris Lessing
Marina Lewycka
Amin Malouf
Hilary Mantel
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Carson McCullers
Ian McEwan
John McGahern
Andrew Miller
David Mitchell
Vladimir Nabokov
Irène Némirovsky
Jeff Noon
Ben Okri
Orhan Pamuk
Iain Pears
Annie Proulx
Philip Pullman
Ian Rankin
Philip Reeve
Philip Roth
Salman Rushdie
Jean-Paul Sartre
Gillian Slovo
Wesley Stace
John Steinbeck
Kurt Vonnegut
Paul Waters
Evelyn Waugh
Jeanette Winterson
Virginia Wolf
Richard Yates
Marguerite Yourcenar

For details go to the group's website 
 where our newsletters can be downloaded

How to Participate

There are a number of ways in which readers and reading groups can actively participate in the Convention: 

  • The Workshops: Each of the workshops has a discussion leader (or leaders) but your active participation is encouraged. The workshops provide the opportunity both to hear new ideas and to present your views to a like-minded audience. There are seven workshops, each of 45 minutes. See the programme for details. Depending on numbers, each workshop will be repeated once, so each participant can choose two workshops. 
  • Afternoon tea: Take your time to chat to discussion leaders or other participants informally over a nice cup of tea and indulge in some 'Readers’ Voice' cake.
  • The Panel Discussion: Lit. Fest. Britain: Are we forgetting the classics? Do groups concentrate on recently published books – to the exclusion of the classics? Are Literary Festivals a cause of this? You will probably have views on this most current of topics. 
  • There will be an opportunity for questions and comments from the floor. 
  • The Readers' Forum:  The final event of the Convention, the Forum, is everyone’s opportunity to have their say. Why not take a minute or so to present your project or issue? 

You can contribute during the Forum or submit questions and comments ahead of the Convention. Send questions, comments or details of your favourite/current reading project to: 

We will be collecting good quality used books for the Oxfam shops near Jesus College. Please bring along any books you no longer want. There will be a collection point at the Convention.



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