Currently in its nineteenth year, the Shared Reading group reads (aloud!) and discusses classic works of literature and poetry. Over the years we’ve covered: Joyce’s Ulysses; Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; Ovid’s Metamorphoses; Shakespeare’s Sonnets; Australian Poetry; as well as the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manly Hopkins; and not to forget all of Proust! (See below for a complete list.)

Now hosted by our very own Tim, with discussion led by various enthusiasts, Shared Reading is in-depth and of value to anyone wishing to further explore the literary canon.

In 2019 we read Elias Canetti’s Auto Da Fe, Les Murray’s Collected Poems and Dostoyevsky’s Crime & Punishment.

Our first reading of 2020 will be Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, which will run from February to May.

Meets: Monday evenings at Fullers Bookshop, 6.30-8.30pm
Duration: varies (typically 8-12 weeks)
Cost: $125.00 (typically, but can vary)
Numbers are strictly limited. To register your interest in joining the next group please email Tim:

A history of our Shared Readings

What follows is a complete list of all the of books we have read.

The Irene Years
James Joyce, Ulysses (2002-2003)
The Poetry of Seamus Heaney (2003)
Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (2003)
Ovid, The Metamorphoses (2004)
T S Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems (2004)
Dante, Inferno (2005)
The Poetry of W B Yeats (2005)
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (2005)
Sophocles, Antigone (2006)
Poetry Between the Wars (2006)
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (2006)
The Sonnet (2007)
Irish Poetry (2008)
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (vol. 1) (2008)
Virgil, The Aeneid (2009)
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (vol. 2) (2009)

Ali’s Reign
Paul Muldoon (ed.), The End of the Poem (2010)
Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2010)
Harold Bloom (ed.), Till I End My Song (2011)
Painting and Poetry (ekphrasis) (2011)
Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths (2012)
Australian Poetry (2012)
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson (2013)
James Joyce, Ulysses (2013 — yes, again!)
The Poetry of Gerard Manly Hopkins (2014)
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (vol. 3) (2014)
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (vol. 4) (2015)
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (vol. 5) (2016)
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (vol. 6) (2016)
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (2017)
Neil Astley (ed.), Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times (2017)

Tim Takes Over
Homer, The Odyssey (Emily Wilson trans.) (2018)
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (2018)
Elias Canetti, Auto Da Fe (2019)
The Poetry of Les Murray (2019)
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (2019)