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Record Number: 30545


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Meeting held at “Oakdene” Northcourt Avenue. 27th Jan. 1945. S. A. Reynolds in the chair.

1. The minutes of the last meeting were read & signed.

[...]

6. After adjourning for refreshments we listened to a miscellaneous selection of readings from books which members have recently read.
Muriel Stevens read from “From the Ends of the Earth” by Mary Trevelyan.
Howard Smith read from “Lovely is the Lee” by Robert Gibbings.
Mary Stansfield read from “The Short Journey” by E. L. Woodward.
Margaret Dilks read from “Night Thoughts of a Country Landlady” by Edith Olivier.
Bruce Dilks read from “Stargazer Talks” by Comdr. R. T. Gould.

[...]

[signed as a true record by] Howard R. Smith 21/2/1945


Meeting held at “Frensham”, Northcourt Avenue, 21st Feb ’45
Howard R. Smith in the chair

1. The minutes of the last meeting were read & signed.

[...]

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

27 Jan 1945

Country:

England

Time

evening

Place:

city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: Oakdene, Northcourt Avenue

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Bruce Dilks

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1904

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

Quaker or associated with the Friends

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

Members of the XII Book Club


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Rupert Thomas Gould

Title:

The Stargazer Talks

Genre:

Children's Lit, Astrology / alchemy / occult

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Originated as radio talks delivered from March 1934 to July 1942 on the BBC’s Children's hour.

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

30545

Source:

Manuscript

Author:

Margaret Dilks

Title:

XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 5 (1944-1952)

Location:

private collection

Call No:

n/a

Page/Folio:

28–29

Additional Information:

Margaret Dilks was secretary to the XII Book Club from 1940 to 1970. It is inferred from this, and from the handwriting, that she was the author of this set of minutes.

Citation:

Margaret Dilks, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 5 (1944-1952), private collection, 28–29, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=30545, accessed: 14 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/contacts.php).

   
   
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