Dates for your diary – Our spring programme features author readings with Richard Gwyn, Susan M. Gaines and Tyler Keevil, a new look at the cult writings of Octavia Butler and Ann Quin, plus heated discussion of Hilary Mantel‘s new blockbuster, The Mirror and the … Continue reading Cardiff BookTalk 2021 – Spring Programme
BookTalk is delighted that Jane Austen’s Emma will be the focus of our next event (3 December 2020, 19.00 – 20.30 GMT). Please book your free place via Eventbrite. Whether you know the novel in detail, or have never read this classic before, we invite … Continue reading Jane Austen’s Emma
Cardiff BookTalk is delighted to invite you to our first event of the 2020–21 semester, on Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Following the dreadful and sensational poisoning that killed the rest of the Blackwood family, Merricat lives with her beloved sister … Continue reading Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Cardiff BookTalk‘s December event is on Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. Winner of this year’s Booker Prize and heralded as ‘the literary event of the year’ by The Guardian, this work of speculative fiction is the long-awaited sequel to Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). … Continue reading Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments
Patience Agbabi, performing the poem that would become the Prologue to her remix of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, at the English and Media Centre’s student conference in October 2012 at the London Institute of Education.
Our BookTalk schedule for 2018 will begin with The Facts of Life, a graphic novel and memoir by Bristol artist and writer, Paula Knight, which “thoughtfully challenges the societal notion that to live a life without children is to live a lesser life” (Aminatta Forna, writer).
In a discussion of the lasting cultural impact of the Philip K. Dick novel, Noah Berlatsky wrote in an article for Salon that Jonze’s 2013 film, Her, takes the anxieties of Dick’s Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep? and “extrapolates our present omni-wired society into a … Continue reading Her (2013) and the legacy of Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep?
Tim Hayes’ review of Blade Runner 2049 for the British Film Institute pinpointed some of the film’s more unsettling questions, such those pertaining to memory and identity, childhood regret and nostalgia, misanthropy and slave culture.
Reviewing Blade Runner 2049 for the Observer in October 2017, Mark Kermode remarked of Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the Ridley Scott classic that it was as good as the hype suggests, spectacular enough to win over new generations of viewers, yet deep enough to reassure diehard … Continue reading Mark Kermode on Blade Runner 2049
This December at Cardiff BookTalk we’re taking a look back at Philip K. Dick’s classic vision of the future in the 1968 science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?