Book club podcast

Book club podcast

Sep 17

Dr Susan Watkins joins the Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club for a discussion of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The discussion makes reference to the CWWA Book Club discussion points, but ranges widely as book club members provide their own responses to these texts. Do you agree or disagree with any of the issues raised? Dr Susan Watkins joins the Leeds Metropolitan

Book club podcast

Book club podcast

Sep 16

In this podcast, the Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club are discussing Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth. The discussion makes reference to the CWWA Book Club discussion points, but ranges widely as book club members provide their own responses to these texts. In particular, the contemporary setting, humour, and the publishing context of the novel interests the group. Do you agree...

Recent Angelou Materials

Recent Angelou Materials

Jul 27

Dr Maya Angelou has just published a book of semi fictionalised autobiography about her relationship with her mother, who appears as a character in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Mom & Me & Mom | by Maya Angelou | Random House 2013 and she has also produced a book which acts as a letter to the daughter she never had: Letter To My Daughter | by Maya Angelou | Random House, 2008 and like...

Web Resources on Maya Angelou and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Web Resources on Maya Angelou and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Jul 27

The best place to look for links, information, biography, photographs, clips of inspirational films, information on very current work is: http://mayaangelou.com/. There is also another interesting site which has some videos of Angelou through different periods. And there is also a Facebook...

Suggested Further reading

Suggested Further reading

Jul 27

If you have enjoyed this book you might well enjoy the rest of Maya Angelou’s work which includes the semi fictionalised autobiography series, each of which takes her own life story as its basis and sees her growing up, negotiating her family, becoming an actress in the first black musical which toured the world, Porgy and Bess, having various relationships, moving and questioning issues about...

Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions

Jul 27

In many ways this is a bleak book which covers a period notable for the Ku Klux Klan’s constant terrifying presence, poverty, racism and sexism, so it could be easy to see why the motif of a caged bird is used to suggest restraint and the prevention of development, but the title also indicates freedom and expression – the caged bird sings – what elements of it suggest freedom, expression...

Book club podcast

Book club podcast

Jul 21

Dr Susan Watkins joins the Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club for a discussion of two short stories by Alice Walker and A.S. Byatt. The discussion makes reference to the CWWA Book Club discussion points, but ranges widely as book club members provide their own responses to these texts. Do you agree or disagree with any of the issues raised? Dr Susan Watkins joins the Leeds Metropolitan Uni

Book club podcast

Book club podcast

Jun 09

Dr Susan Watkins joins the Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club for a discussion of Minaret. The discussion makes reference to the CWWA Book Club discussion points, but ranges widely as book club members provide their own responses to this novel. Do you agree or disagree with any of the issues raised? Dr Susan Watkins joins the Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club for a discussion of Min