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2008 NATIONAL Year OF Reading; culturre.

OUR August Book group will meet tonight at 6pm at The Biscuit Factory.

The group will be reviewing Will Hutton's The Writing on the Wall; China and the West in the 21st Century.

If you would like to go to next month's group, head down to your local library or bookseller and get your hands on a copy of The Oxford book of Short Stories edited by VS Pritchett.

VS Pritchett, one of our greatest short story writers, has chosen 41 stories written in the English language for this volume, producing a collection that successfully displays the wealth and variety of an art that spans some 200 years.

Great Britain, America and Ireland in particular have fine traditions of short-story writing that have developed from the time of Sir Walter Scott and Nathaniel Hawthorne, while in the last century the art was perfected by Ernest Hemingway, DH Lawrence, W Somerset Maugham, John Updike and VS Pritchett himself.

The Irish contribution includes such masters as James Joyce, Frank O'Connor and Liam O'Flaherty, and stories by Canadian, Indian, New Zealand and Australian writers show the full range of invention and ability in a genre that continues to flourish.

The book group will meet on Wednesday, September 3, at The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle (6pm- 7.30pm). You don't need to book a place - you can just turn up. But you must be a member of Culture Club to attend. Readers are expected to source their own copy of the book.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2008
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