We shall soon be moving our delightful Poetry Collections to our new address and invite you to have a taste of some of them in the next few weeks.
These books are from Plymouth Proprietary Library's own collection and they, along with the rest of our collection, are available for members to borrow.
The Simon Curtis Collection of poetry books is available for browsing and reference only and we invite you to browse the online and paper catalogue of this marvellous collection at your leisure.
This connoisseur collection of poetry is available for members of the library and non members alike to enjoy.
Who? Muriel Spark (nee Camberg), Scottish writer, novelist and poet
When? 1 February 1918
Why should I read her work? Spark’s novels are unmistakable, marked by her wry, subversive amusement at her characters’ foibles and fancies, their prejudices, delusions and illusions. Unsentimental, she lays out their often ridiculous lives in sharp, bold strokes of the pen.
Try: Memento Mori (1959), The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Girls of Slender Means (1963)
Interesting fact: Spark worked as a propagandist for the war effort during World War II and was awarded a DBE in 1963 for her services to literature.
On Monday 4th December we held this years Festive Supper at the PPL. It was a really entertaining event and everyone commented how much they enjoyed it and the food was delicious. A big thank you to the ladies who provided the catering.
Regular Coffee mornings are held on the Second Saturday of each month between 10.00am and 12.00pm and are open to all. So why not join us for good coffee, good cakes (home made) and good company you will be made welcome. See events guide for upcoming dates.
On the first Monday of the month the Book Club meets between 2.00pm and 3.00pm when members get a chance to read and discuss last month's set book. Next time we shall be looking at 'The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August' by Claire North
SOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIME.
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.'
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
Our enjoy poetry group meets at the PPL on the 3rd Monday of the month at 2.00pm for an hour or so. Tea and coffee will be available at 50p per cup. Initially the group will be looking at the poetry in the library including the Simon Curtis collection. All are welcome including non-members.
We are a mixed bunch, men, women, library members and friends and we've read aloud and listened to poetry from the collection. We've laughed, chatted, puzzled over, agreed and disagreed over poetry text and really enjoyed ourselves.....
Every month the book selection group meets to choose new books to add to our collection.
Fiction - Not Working by Lisa Owens. Earthly Remains by Donna Leon. A Skinful Of Shadows by Francis Hardinge. Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. Winter by Ali Smith and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Ega. Best Wishes John.
Non Fiction - Diary Of An Ordinary Schoolgirl by Margaret Forster. Ascent by Chris Bonnington. The Life Of Cows by Rosamund Young. Keeping On Keeping On By Alan Bennett
OTHER RECENT ADDITIONS
Fiction - 'Autumn' by Ali Smith, 'The Travelling Bag' by Susan Hill, 'The Three Daughters Of Eve' by Elif Shafak, 'The Frozen Woman' by Jon Michelet, 'The Valentine House' by Emma Henderson and 'Death Of An Airman' by Christopher St.John Sprigg.
Non Fiction - 'Ma'am Darling' by Craig Brown, 'Citizen Clem' by John Bew, 'Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy' by Tim Harford and 'Air Force Blue' by Max Hastings.
During the year the PPL holds a series of Lunchtime Talks on the second Thursday of the month that are open to both Members & Non Members. The talks start at 12 noon and last about an hour admission is £4.00 per person and includes light refreshments afterwards.
2018 Lecture Programme:-
Dates to be announced
Plymouth Proprietary Library has been given the poetry collection of the late Dr Simon Curtis. The collection, which is housed in the Travel Room is wide-ranging, including volumes of Simon Curtis' own work, signed and dedicated work of contemporary poets, poetry collections and journals.
The catalogue, compiled by Alan Munton, is available on the library's computer, our website and in a hard copy. Currently the books are for reference only.
We are delighted to have received this gift and hope that it will give great pleasure to all our members, amongst whom we were proud to have included Simon Curtis. Our thanks go to his friends and family who have facilitated this gift in memory of Simon.
The PPL and the Plymouth Athenaeum share a reciprocal arrangement so PPL Members can visit the Athenaeum during opening hours on production of their PPL Membership card. The Athenaeum host a regular and varied range of talks and activities that PPL Members may be interested in attending and the most up to date information can always be found on their website http://www.plymouthathenaeum.co.uk in the Members section.