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Online Course: Short Stories – The Signalman

Delve into the dark side with Sherry Ashworth’s new course on Victorian short stories. Keep your tissues to the ready as you shudder and weep over two of Elizabeth Gaskell’s stories, Lizzie Leigh and Lois the Witch. Or you may be shocked by George Eliot’s tale of marital abuse in Janet’s Repentance, and experience the mute horror of Dickens’ The Signalman.

All these stories are beautifully crafted and all tackle difficult subjects, weaving between the supernatural and ‘real’ life to make us think deeply about our hidden selves. Each one also relates in interesting ways to the writer’s longer fictions.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join us!

This month’s session will focus on The Signalman (1866) by Charles Dickens.

The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into 19th century writing. You are encouraged to read each short story in advance of the session so you can prepare yourself to take part in the discussion. Sessions will take place on zoom and numbers are limited to allow an inclusive discussion with the chance for all to take part.

Every second Wed of the month September – December 2024, 7-9pm

Wednesday 11 December – The Signalman (1866) by Charles Dickens

“Learned so much about 19th century novels I was not familiar with. Sherry is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and engages with all the participants. Very inclusive.” Visitor to online events

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11th Dec 2024

7pm - 9pm


The interruptions of home life are never ending

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863