- Friday 7th February -
- BLOG POST
Discover a Story in our Book Sale
It is currently National Storytelling Week and we have a great tradition of storytelling here at Bleddfa. Each year we host two storytelling courses which are led by professional teller Michael Harvey. This year will mark 26 years since the first Bleddfa storytelling course and this popular retreat is going from strength to strength with renewed interest in this ancient performing art. As well as the medium of spoken word, we also appreciate stories presented in written form here at the Bleddfa Centre. Our Reading Room Café is always stocked with a variety of good reads, many supplied by our founder James Roose-Evans, a man that is well acquainted with a wealth of stories, having written many books and plays over the years.
This weekend we will be having a Book and Picture Sale in the Gallery. There will be a whole host of bargains on offer and all for a good cause as we are raising money to buy new kitchen equipment. There will also be 20% off any of our Reading Room collection. To give you a taste of some of the classic stories you can discover, here are our top four picks…
Gérminal by Emile Zola, 1885
Zola’s seminal novel paints a stark and gritty picture of the life as a coal miner in 1860s France. This masterpiece tells the story of Étienne Lantier whose socialist values are stretched and tested to the fullest in a tale of poverty, oppression and ultimately dissent. This deeply evocative novel is strongly recommended for any literature aficionados. Gérminal deals with the human condition in the face of adversity and doubt and ultimately represents hope in the sense of a seed germinating and growing into something for the good of all.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 1859
Hailed as one of the first mystery/detective novels, this excellent book serves as the archetype for Holmes, Poirot, Marple et al, yet is free from any of the obvious tropes and clichés that may have developed within the genre in its stead. Ever present in the higher end of any decent Top 100 lists, The Woman in White is a story told by many different witnesses and is a comment on the unequal position of married woman in the law at that time.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1862
Widely recognised as one of the greatest novels of all time, this classic epic is familiar to many of us as a musical, a film or television serial, but have you ever read this mighty tome? The incredible story of ex-convict Jean Valjean is as popular today as it was when it was first published and it’s themes of redemption, compassion and forgiveness shine through on a timeless and universal level that has rarely been equalled.
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, 1925
Woolf’s story of faith and doubt is laid out in a stream of consciousness style of writing that ventures into the minds of several characters as they deal with the passing of time and the inevitability of death. Existential issues, mental illness, the ravages of war, suicide and sexuality are some of the key themes that Woolf traverses in this modern classic. Mrs. Dalloway is considered to be one of the greatest examples of 20th century modernism in literature and an excellent introduction to the work of this incredible British author.
The Book and Picture Sale will be open this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February from 11am – 4pm. The Reading Room Café will also be open for drinks, cakes and light lunches.