'An enduring piece of work from a magnificent writer' - James Joyce short story celebrated by Melbourn reading group for WaterAid charity

PUBLISHED: 15:43 15 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 15 January 2017

Writer Kate Swindlehurst and organiser Hugh Pollock. Picture: Clive Porter

Writer Kate Swindlehurst and organiser Hugh Pollock. Picture: Clive Porter

Clive Porter

Members of the Melbourn Short Story Reading Group celebrated a James Joyce classic in book and film in support of charity WaterAid on Friday last week.

The Dead, written by Joyce in 1914 as the final tale in his collection Dubliners, was read aloud at the Community Hub, with a presentation by award-winning short story writer Kate Swindlehurst afterwards.

Then the 1987 film adaption was shown, novelist and short story writer Britta Heinemeyer and Melbourn Village College teacher Marta Gunner were on hand to discuss.

Organiser Hugh Pollock said: “The members stepped up to the plate on this occasion. The reading of the story aloud gave it a whole new dimension.

“Equally the film and discussion led by our different speakers gave additional insight and enjoyment to an enduring piece of work from a magnificent creative writer.

“In regard to WaterAid – every small amount raised makes a huge difference by itself. Taken together all the small amounts become a huge amount. So we in the Melbourn Bloomsday Celebration Group continue to make a difference.”

For more on WaterAid go to www.wateraid.org/uk.

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