Tuesday 27 February / 7.30pm / £4 - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Origins and Afterlives
Charlotte Boyce - Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth - From the time of its first publication in 1818 to the present day, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has been subject to numerous adaptations and re-imaginings. What accounts for its extraordinary versatility and enduring appeal? To answer this question, this talk will first return to the origins of the text and its reflection of Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley's Romantic ideals. The talk will then explore the novel's extensive afterlife in literature, on stage and on screen, highlighting the way in which later iterations of the story subtly alter or re-focus Shelley's original themes in response to shifting social and cultural concerns.
Thursday 8 March / 7pm / £4.50 - The Wildlife of Chichester Harbour
The number of seals has been increasing in Chichester Harbour over the last few years. Come and hear more about the seals and other wildlife of the Harbour in a talk given by Judi Darley from Chichester Harbour Conservancy which has statutory responsibility for the Harbour and leads on the protection of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Thursday 26 April / 7.30pm / £4.50 - Growing Together - Come along to Hayling Island Library and discover more about this intergenerational project - you will be amazed! A fascinating talk by Bill Biggs and team from the Hayling Island Horticultural Society
Wednesday 21 February / 2pm / £4 - Water Chits - Poetry Readings by Denise Bennett
Water Chits is a compassionate window on the world which deals with war, love, grief and loss. It embraces art with poems written in response to the work of Marc Chagall, Jacob Epstein and Stanley Spencer and echoes history through words about the life on board the Mary Rose. It also draws on personal experience: rejection as a child and the care of a parent in extreme old age.
Denise Bennett has an MA in creative writing and runs poetry workshops in community settings. She received the inaugural Hamish Canham prize - awarded by The Poetry Society - in 2004 and her work has been widely published.
Solar Heritage & Terror: Special Boats of Chichester Harbour
Thursday 15 March / 7pm / £4.50
Solar Heritage is a fourteen metre solar powered catamaran licensed to carry up to fifty passengers for public boat trips within Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Oysterboat Terror is a Victorian sailing boat originally built to serve the thriving late 19th century oyster industry in Emsworth, and which was acquired in the early 2000s and renovated by the Conservancy with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Come and hear more about these two special boats in a talk given by Judi Darley for Chichester Harbour Conservancy.
Places are limited at all of our library talks and tickets should be booked in advance from the host library or online at www.hants.gov.uk/shop