Dickens has a lot in common with those who came before… that is, those in this year’s line-up of authors who use Humour, Irony and Satire in Literature to expose foolishness and corruption — with a view to pushing reform.
He knew what he wrote about: At twelve, he worked ten hours a day in a rotten, rat-infested “blacking” warehouse, putting labels on shoe polish. His family was thrown into debtor’s prison at this time. When he started writing in serial form, he allowed lower classes to read his work, though this was criticised as “pandering.”
Margaret quizzed us on actual-versus-fictional place names used in Dickens’ works. Hilarious! And then there are the ridiculous proper names and their unforgettable characters.
Along with a fascinating overview of his life and times, Margaret gave us some tips:
A Tale of Two Cities best describes the times Dickens lived in.
David Copperfield is the most autobiographical novel.
The Pickwick Papers, his first book, was written in a popular style in the 19th Century called “picaresque.”
Read What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew (Daniel Pool) to understand Victorians.
The days are growing shorter and the morning air has that bit of an edge to it. Yes, it’s September again and the end of another wonderful summer. It also means that it’s time to get ready for our first Calgary Women’s Literary Club meeting. We have an exciting year ahead of us as we explore our new topic, Cultural Awareness Through Literature.
I know that each of us is looking forward to some thought provoking sessions, engaging conversations and of course, to renewing old and new acquaintances over coffee. October 1st marks that date of our first meeting back. See you anytime after 1:30 at the Memorial Park Library.
No one could have done better justice to comedienne and writer Tina Fey than our own Kathy, who could be a stand-up comedienne herself. Kathy interspersed her presentation with many photos, video clips and readings. Amazingly, Tina Fey’s writing credits alone cover no less than nineteen categories.
All in all, Kathy herself will be a hard act to follow!
In great sadness, we inform you of the passing of CWLC member and former President Lillian Tickles on May 15, 2019.
Lillian was President of our Club for two seasons, spanning 2014-2016. That means she was Vice-President from 2012-2014 and Past President 2016-2018! These are not just titles, but tremendous hands-on involvement for at least six years. She divulged in her Annual Report 2014-15, “When I reflect on year one of my biennium as president, a montage of images tells the story of the unfolding experience. Some of the early scenes in the composition depict Lillian, nervously taking over the role so competently managed by Ruth Hilland. In her words, I had inherited “a book club with a difference.” How to maintain, or indeed enhance this reputation became the challenge.” Lillian indeed enhanced the Club, providing a warm welcome to everyone. We will miss her!
Ruth Hilland says of Lillian’s stewardship of CWLC: “…she set the bar much higher and the club flourished.”
” When I took over from her as President, she was a terrific mentor. She had endless patience and I could always rely on her for sound advice. Lillian was a very kind person and she always had the best interests of the club in mind. The CWLC has lost a wonderful friend and advocate.” Margaret Sparkes, Past President.
“Loved and respected by many, Lillian was a strong, independent woman with a voice to be heard, clever, purposeful, yet collaborative and always caring for the needs of others.
She found the perfect venue for her love of literature in the Calgary Women’s Literary Club serving as President in 2014-16 and cut the cake for the club’s 110thbirthday in February 2016. A one hundred and ten year old club needs a few nips and tucks but Lillian initiated the big sweep, cleaning up and bringing the constitution into the 21 century. She was invaluable in sharing her knowledge and insight. An admired and respected member of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club.” Long-time member, friend and colleague Anita Madill.
Linda has the perfect pedigree to present Robert Burns: She grew up near the area from which Robert Burns called home. With her daughter as special guest, she regaled us all while debunking a number of outrageous myths about the man and the poet.
What an experience it was, to hear Linda read four poems in the Scottish language/dialect: Ode to a Mouse, Ode to a Louse, Address to a Haggis and Holy Willie’s Prayer. Linda provided the poems as written, along with her translation into English.
Linda’s insights helped us understand the satire and irony embedded in his humorous writings, and their relevance in his times and ours. Hearing poems read in their true language enhanced, manyfold, our appreciation of the poetry of Robert Burns. What a treat!
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