BOC staff book group will be reading: HAG-SEED By Margaret Atwood “The Tempest” Retold!

Next BOC book group is on Thursday 14th June 12-1pm CR1. This will be our last book group this semester (we meet again in November)

We will be reading HAG-SEED By Margaret Atwood “The Tempest” Retold!

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William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

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Atwood chooses a setup which could have been cheesy and turns it into something extraordinary!

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/16/hag-seed-review-margaret-atwood-tempest-hogarth-shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (June BRC Book Group)

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The next book for the BRC book group is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  We’ll be discussing this on 13th June from 12-1pm in F3, St Michaels.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

We’re looking forward to a “lighter” read this time with a nice film tie-in!

Author, Juliet Ashton, can’t think what to write next.  She begins a correspondence with Dawsey Adams of Guernsey, who reveals that he is part of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Juliet is interested as she begins to hear from other members about life in Guernsey under German Occupation.  Could there be a story in this?

This will be our last meeting for this academic year so we’ll take a vote on our favourite book of 2017/18.

BOC Book Group will be reading ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer on Thursday 26th April.

BOC Book Group will be reading ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer on Thursday 26th April in Committee Room 1, 12 till 1pm.

A contemporary masterpiece’ Guardian

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THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE EXTRAORDINARY SOUTHERN REACH TRILOGY – NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ALEX GARLAND (EX MACHINA) AND STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN AND OSCAR ISAAC

For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness.

The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic.

Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.

Read more. . . https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/22/annihilation-review-natalie-portman-thriller-leaves-a-haunting-impression