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Short Stories – New online course for Autumn 2024

9th August 2023
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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. Then 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.

Illustration from Janet's Repentance

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.

You can share your love of literature by discussing these short stories with other like-minded people – all from the comfort of your own home.

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

Who is this course suitable for?

You! The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into nineteenth 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. Please note that these are online workshops, for participants to join in with rather than talks, so they will not be recorded.

What now?

Sherry’s courses often sell out quickly so we advise you to book early. What are you waiting for?
Sessions are every second Wednesday of the month September – December 2024, 7-9pm for £12 per workshop. Click on the links below to book each session.

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

*The first session will now be on Tuesday 17 September but the rest of the sessions will remain on the second Wednesday of the month.

Tuesday 17 September – Lizzie Leigh (1850) by Elizabeth Gaskell

Wednesday 9 October – Janet’s Repentance (1857) by George Eliot

Wednesday 13 November – Lois the Witch (1859) by Elizabeth Gaskell

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

£12 per session

“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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