and tea in the drawing room
Saturday 27th May 2017 10am to 4pm
Free event for the Plymouth History Festival
Welcome to THE GALLERY where we invite you to browse some of the beautiful literature we have in stock here in the Plymouth Proprietary Library.
All of these books are available to borrow and you will be pleased to know we don't specify a date for their return, hence our policy of not issuing library fines.
Complimentary coffee, cake and a tour of the Library will be available at all of our Coffee Mornings on the second Saturday of each month for anyone interested in joining. Annual membership is £60 - payable by cheque or cash - with a reduced rate of £30 for under 25's or students.
Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys
Her grand attempt to tell what she felt was the story of Jane Eyre's 'madwoman in the attic', Bertha Rochester, Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea is edited with an introduction and notes by Angela Smith in Penguin Classics.
Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is inexorably driven towards madness, and her husband into the arms of another novel's heroine. This classic study of betrayal, a seminal work of postcolonial literature, is Jean Rhys's brief, beautiful masterpiece.
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.
2017 Lecture Programme:-
The Spring season has now finished details of the new season to be announced shortly.
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.
In April we shall be tackling 'Camera Girl' by Doreen Spooner
Camera Girl is the true story of a woman fighting to save the family she loves. When the bailiff’s came knocking, Doreen discovered that her husband was an alcoholic and her family was on the brink of financial ruin. There was only one thing she could do; in order to save her children, she was going to have to walk away from them.
At the start of the sixties, the London newsroom of a national newspaper was not for the faint-hearted, nor usually, a woman. But Doreen Spooner – the first female photographer on Fleet Street - found herself back at her old newspaper – fighting for her right to be accepted in a man’s world. She went on to capture some of the most exciting times and famous faces of the 20th century.
Leaving her children and housewife role at the door each day, Doreen entered a world of political scandals, glamorous movie stars and royal indiscretions.
In the evening she’d go home to South London, cook supper and put the kids to bed. She struggled with the issues many woman face today - guilt at leaving her children, unease at outshining her husband.
Camera Girl, is a trial-blazing memoir of an ordinary woman determined to fulfil her talent and raise her family. It includes a selection of Doreen’s amazing pictures. Her story is, often funny, sometimes tragic but always inspiring.
New readers who'd like to join the group are welcome and can borrow a copy of the selected book by visiting the Library.
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.
For three sessions now a group of about eight to ten people have met on the third Monday of the month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm upstairs near the main collection of poetry books.....
Every month the book selection group meets to choose new books to add to our collection.
Fiction - Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Roscoff. The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott. City Of Friends by Joanne Trollope. Marie by Madelaine Boirdouxhe. The Riviera Express by T.P.Felden. Date With Death by Julia Chapman and Miss Treadway And The Field Of Stars by Miranda Emmerson.
Non- Fiction - Lenin On The Train by Catherine Merridale. How The Hell Did This Happen by P.J.O'Rourke. The Raqqa Diaries by Christina Lamb and Wonderland by Christopher Hart.
OTHER RECENT ADDITIONS
Fiction - Snow Rose by Lulu Taylor, Swimming Lessons by Clare Fuller, Summer On The River by Marcia Willett, Montpellier Parade by Karl Geary, Good Me Bad Me by Michael Joseph, The Bone Field by Simon Kernick and Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves.
Non- Fiction - Border by Kapka Kassabova, Night Trains by Andrew Martin and Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby.
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 autumn series of Proofreading courses has now finished. Thank you to everyone who came along and tackled the exercises with such enthusiasm. And, of course, thank you to the ladies who made the delicious cakes we all consumed with such delight at the coffee break!
No further courses are scheduled for the moment but, if you are interested in coming on one of our workshops, then please leave your contact details with John or Chloe at the PPL, and stating whether you are interested in a Basic, Intermediate or Advanced course.
Elaine Henderson BA MPhil
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.