- To share the joys of reading fiction.
- To discuss and exchange ideas on Ali Smith’s Winter, her narrative techniques, her recurrent themes and her fictional universe.
- To build strategies that will enable the participants to take an active role in the creation of the meaning of the novel.
In the second part of her seasonal quartet, Ali Smith chooses a fraught family Christmas in Cornwall to explore her recurrent themes of loss, estrangement, the fictionalization of reality, and the nature of art and representation. Overshadowed by the latest Brexit debates, Winter also offers an insightful examination of our contradictory nature and the possibility of true human connection in a world, as one of the characters points out, "subsumed in chaos, lies, powermongering, division and a great deal of poisoning and self-poisoning".
- Presentation of an integrated approach to Ali Smith’s Winter (2017).
- Guided group reflection and exchange of ideas on the text.
- Reading of key sections of Ali Smith’s Winter, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, to appreciate how the three works converse intertextually and resignify one another.