The Global Reading Group—A Virtual Literary Salon

The Global Reading Group, established in February 2013, is a virtual literary salon that follows Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est”).  We generally read and discuss one classic work of literature every four weeks.

NEXT UP: Tale of Genji
September 15-October 26 2017

The Tale of Genji is  a classic work of Japanese literature  written by the 11tch century noblewoman Murasaki Shikubu.  Click here to join. 


Free and open to all. 


Here’s a post from one of our readers in Scotland.

And many thanks to Moira for asking me to be a guest blogger!

Alice-Catherine is available to lead “classic” reading groups or literary salons in person or in the virtual world. Past groups have included Dante’s The Inferno; Alice in Wonderland (of course) by Lewis Carroll; Henry VIII by Shakespeare; The Aeneid of Virgil; Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol; Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift; Beowulf; The Nibelungenlied;  Milton’s Paradise Lost; , The Iliad; Omeros by Derek Walcott; The Poetic Edda; The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen; Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen;  The Persians by Aeschylus; The Song of Roland, Little Women; Lysistrata by Aristophanes; The History of the Peloponnesian War; Canterbury Tales by Chaucer; The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov; The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton; Os Lusiades by Camöes; The Odyssey be Homer; The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Mabinogion and Metamorphoses by Ovid.

In addition, Alice-Catherine offers lectures and workshops on intertextuality, “found poetry” and the power of medieval women in poetry. Contact:

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