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Short Courses for Serious Readers for the New Year

Written by Lisa Spurgin, 9th December 2013

The last month of 2013 is racing along, with a New Year approaching fast - if you're looking for a new start, why not discover classic literature in a different way, exploring it with like-minded company in relaxed surroundings? All this is available with The Reader Organisation's Short Courses for Serious Readers - and we have not one but two special courses coming up for January.

short courseCan a Book Change your Life?
Saturday 18th January 2014, 10am-4pm, Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool
Cost: £30 (including lunch)/£15 concessions

“I am lord of this moment’s change.” - Mordecai, in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda

As a New Year approaches, resolutions and new beginnings are large in our minds. January is a time where ideas of change are all around us – but what do we really mean by the word ‘change’ and can a book help us to do this?
In this special day-long Saturday Short Course on 18th January at Calderstones Mansion House, The Reader Organisation's Literary Learning Manager Casi Dylan will read a selection of prose and poetry which will help us to think about change and the forces it brings about.

Reading Anna Karenina with Brian Nellist
10 week course, starting Monday 6th January 2014, 10.30am-12pm, The Lauries Community Centre, Birkenhead
£65/£35 concessions 

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

anna-kareninaHave you always wanted to read Anna Karenina but never found the right time? Perhaps you’re a long-time fan but want the opportunity to explore it further? No matter what your relationship is with this classic novel, join co-editor of The Reader magazine and Godfather of TRO Brian Nellist to explore the saga. Over 10 weeks starting on 6th January in Birkenhead, you’ll be able to read Tolstoy’s classic work slowly, alongside a selection of poems and short stories, with a friendly group of readers.

Make it your New Year's resolution to enjoy great literature and get 2014 off to a Readerly start. To book your place on either of these Short Courses for Serious Readers, contact Literary Learning Coordinator Sophie Johnson: or call 0151 207 7229

For all the information on what's coming up on our Literary Learning calendar, see the Courses section of our website:

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