The Monthly Read


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

If you enjoy reading literature for pleasure, would like to build your confidence in discussing texts and be introduced to new ideas, this course could be for you. This is a supportive group for readers who simply wish to share ideas about books with the guidance of a university tutor. Each term we study three texts linked by a common literary theme.

The Monthly Read: Summer Term 2022

When Wednesday afternoons 2 pm to 4:30 pm

3 meetings

Dates: 18 May, 22 June, 20 July 2022 


University of Bristol Arts Complex, Woodland Road, BS8 1TB


Dr Stephen Derry


Other Wessexes

Thomas Hardy invented "Wessex" as a literary location, but other writers before and since have set novels in and around the same area which underlies it. We will examine works written before, during, and after Hardy's lifetime, and explore their versions of "Wessex".


Persuasion, Jane Austen (1817)

Nebuly CoatMeade Faulkner (1903)

PavaneKeith Roberts (1968)

Course fee

£120 per course 

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Previous qualifications/experience No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

The Monthly Read is a book club with a difference. It offers access to an expert tutor to guide and inform discussions and has given me much more insight not only into the books studied but also broadening my horizons for my own reading. Like being a university student without the essays and exams!

Monthly Read student, 2020
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