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Family Matters

Written by Harriet Eakin, 15th April 2014



Short Course for Serious Readers: Family Matters
Saturday 26th April, 10am-4pm
Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool. L18 3JB


£30, £15 for concessions (includes lunch)


Illustration © 1990 by Shirley Hughes

A child, more than all other gifts
That earth can offer to declining man,
Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts
—William Wordsworth

Now we are in April and the clocks have turned back, we are well and truly stepping into Spring. We have a whole host of Short Courses lined up in the next few months, where you can spend time reading together as a group in the beautiful surroundings of Calderstones Park.

Come join your guide Esther Harsh at the end of the month on a journey through meaningful moments of family feeling in literature. Esther is a student studying in the Reading in Practice MA program at University of Liverpool, researching family feeling in Victorian literature.

Together you will be reading passages from great Victorian works, including Silas Marner by George Eliot, David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and other works by Elizabeth Gaskell and William Wordsworth.

The course will run from 10am-4pm and lunch plus all copies of the texts will be provided.

Short Courses for Serious Readers are for anyone who loves shared reading and getting a grip on great literature with like-minded company. Led by some brilliant readers, thinkers and teachers, these courses enable you to take a break from life for a while to immerse yourself in great literature.

Places on the course cost £30; £15 concessions.

To get more information on Family Matters visit our website. You can book your place by contacting Literary Learning Coordinator Jenny Kelly on or by calling 0151 207 7207.

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