2018

As voted by our distinguished members!

23 February - "The Snake Pit", Vol 2 of "The Master of Hestviken" by Sigrid Undset. 

“The Master” was written following Undset’s conversion to Catholicism. Both her parents were atheists. A Norwegian novelist, Undset was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 1928.

23 March - a selection of poems by James McAuley.

We will read 'Captain Quiros', which is a long poem, and the following 11 much shorter ones:

The Incarnation of Sirius
O Clear Day
An Art of Poetry
Jesus
Father, Mother, Son
Cantilena
Exploit
Nuptial Hymn
One Tuesday in Summer
Because
At a Child’s Grave

There is no need to buy or borrow a copy of McAuley’s "Collected Poems", as all of his poems are readily accessible at the Australian Poetry Library website: https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/mcauley-james.  You can go direct to the 11 shorter poems (or nearly all of them).

For 'Captain Quiros', it is a little more complicated because the work is treated as a series of poems. On the McAuley main page on the Australian Poetry Library website, look under ‘Books' on the left side for Captain Quiros, and clicking that will bring you to https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poems-book/captain-quiros-0334000.

The Quiros poems are listed in the order that McAuley wrote them:

(Part 1: Where Solomon was Wanting ) Proem,The Voyage To Santa, Cruz,The Marquesas Islands, Arrival At Santa Cruz, The Settlement In Gracious Bay, Day Of Blood,The Withdrawal

(Part 2: The Quest for the South Land ): Proem, The Preparation For The Voyage, From Peru To Gente Hermosa, The Discovery Of Austrialia Del Espiritu Santo, New Jerusalem,The Parting

(Part 3: The Times of the Nations ): Trusting In Princes, The Last Vision

27 April - "Silence" by Shusaku Endo 

25 May - "The Tyranny of Tolerance" by Peter Kurti, 2017

29 June - "The Power and the Glory" by Graeme Greene

27 July - "The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth" by Scott Hahn

31 August - "Men at Arms" by Evelyn Waugh

28 September - "The Path to Rome" by Hilaire Belloc 

26 October - "The Children of Men" by P.D. James

30 November - "Perelandra" by C.S.Lewis, Volume 2 of his space trilogy

14 December - a short work (to be advised) followed by Christmas drinks