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Into the Unknown: Penguin Classics Book Club

Penguin Classics, in partnership with the Barbican, presents a series of book club events, each focusing on an iconic title from the Science Fiction genre. These events are open to all, although it is recommended that attendees have a familiarity with the title being discussed, and existing book club groups are particularly encouraged to attend.

 

Thursday 29th June: A Clockwork Orange

In the first book club event of the series, Henry Eliot, Creative Editor of Penguin Classics, chairs a discussion on Anthony Burgess’s dystopian classic A Clockwork Orange. He is joined by journalist, performer and award-winning writer A. L. Kennedy and Professor Andrew Biswell, Director of the International Burgess Foundation, Professor of Modern Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University and editor of A Clockwork Orange: The Restored Edition.

 

Thursday 6th July: The Island of Dr Moreau

For the second event in the book club series, Simon Winder, Publishing Director of Penguin Random House, chairs a discussion on The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells, between leading academics Professor Deborah Bowman of St George’s, University of London, and Professor Roger Luckhurst of Birkbeck, University of London.

 

Thursday 13th July: Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s enduring novel, Frankenstein, will be the subject of the penultimate book club event. Henry Eliot, Creative Editor of Penguin Classics, is joined by a prestigious line-up of speakers to explore this iconic Science Fiction text - Professor Angela Wright of the University of Sheffield, whose critical study of Mary Shelley is due to be published later this year, and Professor Mark Bishop, an Artificial Intelligence specialist and Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Thursday 20th July: Nineteen Eighty-Four

The book club series closes with one of Science Fiction’s most acclaimed novels, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. For this final event, Jessica Harrison, Senior Commissioning Editor of Penguin Classics chairs a discussion between Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist and recipient of the Orwell Prize for Journalism, and Professor Richard Keeble, Chair of the Orwell Society, editor of Orwell Today and Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

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Event name: Into the Unknown: Penguin Classics Book Club

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Thursday 29th June: A Clockwork Orange
Fountain Room, Barbican
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Thursday 6th July: The Island of Dr Moreau
Fountain Room, Barbican
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Thursday 13th July: Frankenstein
Fountain Room, Barbican
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Thursday 20th July: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Fountain Room, Barbican
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