Upcoming Events


This page provides details of events running within or around Cardiff University, and arranged by or in association with Cardiff BookTalk.

Autumn 2020 – Spring 2021

12 November 2020, 7pm 

Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle 

Confirmed speakers: Shelley Ingram (University of Louisiana), Robert Lloyd (Cardiff University), Joan Passey (University of Bristol) 

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3 December 2020, 7pm  

Jane Austen’s Emma  

Confirmed speakers: Gillian Dow (University of Southampton), Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University), Mariam Wassif (University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne) 

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3 February 2021, 7pm 

Richard Gwyn’s The Blue Tent 

A reading and Q&A by the author 

3 March 2021, 7pm  

Octavia Butler’s Kindred 

Confirmed speakers: Josie Gill (University of Bristol), Britney Henry (University of Delaware) 


Also forthcoming in March and April: Ann Quin’s Passages (with speakers Josh Powell and Arwa Al-Mubaddel, a collaboration with the Modern and Contemporary Research Group), and Tyler Keevil’s Your Still Beating Heart (a reading and Q&A by the author). May and June will feature events on Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (dates and speakers to be announced soon).

Due to the current circumstances regarding COVID-19, Cardiff BookTalk will run as an online series of events for the 2020-21 academic year. We hope this will allow us to maintain social distancing and still provide the book group with a difference: discussing expert perspectives and readers’ views about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction.

More information will be provided as linked items closer to the events.


You can view an Archive of previous Cardiff BookTalk events by clicking on this link.