Monthly Reading Group

The Bleddfa Centre Reading Group meets once a month, normally on the first Saturday afternoon. Each meeting discusses a pre-selected book, ranging across genres, covering fiction (traditional and contemporary) and non-fiction (biography, autobiography, memoir, history).

We welcome new members. By way of guidance our working practice is:

  • Members buy or borrow from libraries their own copies of books to be discussed. We try to ensure selections where paperback or cheap second hand copies are available.
  • Discussion will focus on issues raised by the content, style and literary context and merits of the book, which  members will have read prior to the meeting.
  • All members participate in the process of choosing candidates for discussion.
  • Meetings take place in Hall Barn at Bleddfa Centre from 2pm – 3:30pm.
  • Light refreshments will usually be available before or after meetings.
  • Communications to group members will usually be by email.

Forthcoming meeting for the group are as follows:

Saturday 1st December – Jenny Uglow: Nature’s Engraver (biography of Thomas Bewick)

Saturday 6th January – J. G. Farrell: The Siege of Krishnapur

Saturday 2nd February – Helen Dunmore: The Lie

Saturday 3rd March – Clare Tomalin: A Life of My Own

All of these books are available in inexpensive paperbacks, or from re-sellers of second hand books such as AbeBooks UK. If any meetings are impossible because of similarly difficult weather conditions that dogged us last winter, the book in question just gets pushed forward as the topic of the next meeting. We meet at Hall Barn (top of the track past the School House at Bleddfa Centre) and start at 2:00pm. We usually meet for about an hour and a half, and a donation (suggested £3) towards the Centre is very much appreciated.

Looking ahead, we anticipate regular meetings on the first Saturday of the month in April to July. Nominations for future reading (all available in paperback) include :

Bella Bathurst: The Lighthouse Stevensons

Sara Baume: Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

Robert Harris: Enclave OR Munich

Amit Chaudhuri: Friend of My Youth

We’ll consider these, plus any other nominations, at a future meeting.

For more info please call 01547 550 377 or email

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