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


The final programme is now available for download.

Click here to download


The 2010 Programme will include:

Talks (30 Minutes each):

Reading in Britain Today: What's on Your Bookshelves? 
by Margaret Willes, author of 'Reading Matters: Five centuries of discovering books'

The Life of Books Beyond Their Texts 
by David Pearson, author of 'Books as History'

"If All the Sky was Paper & All the Sea was Ink" - How digital devices can set books free 
by Chris Meade, Director of if:Book

A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust: Vision into Reality
by Kim Pickin, Director of the Oxford Story Museum Project

Patriarchal constitutions: can modern literature challenge the aggressive ideologies of today?
by Moris Farhi, writer, a Vice-Principal of International P.E.N.

Workshops (Choice of Two Sessions of 45 Minutes each):

    • Reading Groups in Action: Discussing Fiction
    • e-Books on loan: Library Services of the Future
    • The Brontes: A Life in Letters
    • Reading for Reform
    • First Story: Creative Writing and Reading in Schools 
    • Practical Performance Reading: Demonstration and Tutorial
    • Keeping your Reading Group going


Other Events:

A Performance Reading: Three Excerpts
by Ben Crystal, actor & author

Panel Discussion:
Lit. Fest. Britain: Are we forgetting the Classics?

The Readers' Forum
with short presentations by 
  • The Mayflower Reading Group, Leiden, Holland
  • 'Reading groups for the elderly', by Angie-Prysor Jones from the Oxford Literary Festival project
  • Getting into Reading: Towards Mental Health, MIND Oxfordshire
  • and more.

Other details:

Registration from 09:00 
Introduction at 09:25
The Convention ends at 17:30-17:45

The Meeting will be held in the Habakkuk Room, Jesus College, Oxford.

Discussion groups will be held in the Junior Common Room, the Junior Common Room Conservatory and Seminar Rooms.