Monthly Archives: January 2018

What’s On

Death in the garden  Hidden People  Crow Garden


There are lots of good events coming up in the next few weeks at Wakefield Library: all events are free but where booking is requested, please contact the library on 01924 305376.

Medieval Magic, Alchemy and Astrology: Monday 29 January, 2-3pm.

Historian Gillian Waters reveals how medieval people saw their world. Please contact the library to book a place.

Pack Up Poetry: Tuesday 30 January and Thursday 1 February 12.30 – 1.30

Lunchtime writing workshops led by local poets Sarah Leah Cobham and Simon Widdop. Booking not required, just drop in. This event will also be taking place at Pontefract Library on 29th January and 2nd February.

Beasts among the Bookshelves: Thursday 1 February 5-6pm

A Harry Potter Night event with plenty of family fun and the chance to win some beastly prizes! Please contact the library to book a place. Suitable for families, aimed at about age 7-12.

Meet the author: Alison Littlewood. Saturday 10 February 2-3pm

Alison is the author of Richard and Judy hit A Cold Season and Path of Needles, set in the Sandal area. Her latest tiles are Crow Garden and Hidden People. Please contact the library to reserve a place.

Death in the Garden: Saturday 17 February, 2 – 3pm

The Historic Gardener Michael Brown talks about poisonous plants, myths, magic, passion and murder. His book Death in the Garden is due out at the end of March and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Please contact the library to book a place.

Roll Up for Circus Time! Saturday 24th February.

Two events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the modern circus.

11am Family Circus Skills Workshop with the Rapide Brothers. Please contact the library to book a place.

2.30pm History of the Circus: talk by local historian Steve Ward. Drop in, no need to book.







Secrets of a Reader Group!

Crofton Reader Group provide a peep inside a typical meeting..

The October meeting of the Reader Group, in Crofton Working Men’s Club, was attended by 15 women; I don’t know why men don’t come along – but we manage perfectly well without them.

Once we had settled down with our drinks we were ready to start, though it was a while before the book we had been reading got a mention. Our first topic was the plight of three black and white kittens, only a few weeks old that had been found dumped in a cardboard box and were now on Facebook, looking for new homes. Then attention turned to fashion, old-fashion – new-fashion, when Ann commented that the buttons down the back of her new jumper made it necessary for her to sit up straight! Several of us remembered the early 60s when we wore our cardigans back-to-front to be ‘different’.

Somehow we moved on to LGBTQAI+ and what it all means, as well as using the pronoun ‘they’ as singular, for someone who prefers not to have a gender label.

Eventually we talked about Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice which had been enjoyed by the majority. Some members admitted that they hadn’t actually re-read it but remembered having enjoyed it first time around, even though that might have been many years ago.  A couple of ladies found it tedious and boring; everything took so long, waiting for official invitations and introductions, waiting for a suitable husband. But we agreed that life for the idle-fairly-rich would have been like that, the book was of its time.  And although fiction, the story provided a serious look at and comment on the life of the moneyed-class, with little or no thought for what happened below stairs. In that respect we were reading more ‘real’ history than anything from the modern-day imagining of what it might have been like, particularly for fairly well-off young ladies around the turn of the 19th century.

Not surprisingly, reference was made to the BBC’s dramatisation of the story back in 1995; we also touched on the more recent ITV historical drama series, Victoria.

Throughout the evening as we talked we inevitably found things to laugh about, so much so that my cheeks ached, and Trish admitted that she hadn’t laughed so much in ages. We laughed even more when Lynne showed us her bag bearing the words “I was delighted to discover that ‘book’ club is a euphemism for ‘wine’ club”!

I am already looking forward to future meetings and you are most welcome to join us.

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