Winter 2018/2019 Readers Retreats

Join Theresa at The Old Bakery for a weekend of reading and literary conversation. Each month over winter we will offer a 2-night reading retreat focusing on a different text each month. Retreats run from Thursday afternoon – Saturday morning and include 2-nights bed and breakfast at The Old Bakery; a simple home-cooked welcome supper on Thursday evening; a full day of reading, discussion, literary activities and general conviviality; morning coffee, afternoon tea and lunch on Friday; 2 course evening meal Friday at our village pub; and a gift bag of literary delights. The retreat finishes after breakfast on Saturday morning.

Prices for our Reading Retreats 2018/2019 Winter series are as follows:

Participants –£275 per person twin share / £295 per person single occupancy

Non-participating guests sharing a room with a participant (B&B + ‘welcome supper’ Thursday evening and dinner at the village pub Friday night) – £85 per person per night

Why not stay an extra night and go home after breakfast on Sunday. That way you could visit Norwich, take a trip to the coast, explore one of the many nature reserves in the county, or walk through the beautiful South Norfolk countryside. Extra Saturday night for participants and non-participating guests (B&B only) £45 per person. 

If you would like to book a place on a reading retreat please email us on or phone us on 01379 676492 to check availability. We will then send you the terms and conditions and the booking form for you to read, complete, and return.

A deposit of  £70 is required to secure you booking. The outstanding balance needs to be paid 4 weeks before the retreat. On receipt of your deposit you will be sent the book to read prior to the retreat starting.


Dates for the winter 2018/2019 series


November Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th 2018 – Regeneration by Pat Barker.

To remember World War I which ended 100 years ago this month we will read and discuss Pat Barker’s Regeneration, the first in her trilogy focusing on the World War I. This retreat will also look at some war poetry as well as examine how reading and writing can be helpful in healing the mind.


December Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th 2018 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Most of us know the story of Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge if not from reading the story then from watching one of the many productions made over the years for film and television. On this retreat we will read A Christmas Carol as well as some of the other Christmas stories written by Charles Dickens.


January Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th 2019 – Jacob’s Room is Full of Books by Susan Hill.

What a wonderful way to start the year by reading Susan Hill’s memoir of a years reading. As Hill moves through the year considering everything from Edith Wharton’s novels through to Alan Bennett’s diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of twelfth century monk Aelred of Rievaulx, she documents  a year of her life through the books she has read, reread or returned to the shelf. If your New Years Resolutions include keeping a reading journal then this retreat is for you.


February Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd 2019 – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Join us in February as we rediscover the loves, loss, and hopes of the Dashwood sisters for whom the the prospect of marrying the men they love appears remote.


March Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th 2019 – The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett.

With spring on the doorstep our March retreat sees us examining the healing power of nature as it is represented in literature. After discussing The Secret Garden we will move onto some shared readings of nature poems. Feel free to bring along your favourite poem.


About your host

Theresa has always loved reading and as a child was often found under the covers with her nose in a book. Later in life she completed her PhD in English Literature focusing on the 19th Century author Dinah Mulock Craik and the many disabled characters Craik’s novels featured. Whilst at the University of Western Australia Theresa taught undergraduate students in a range of literary genres but her favourite texts to teach were Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, and anything by the Bronte Sisters. Theresa does, however, own up to being slightly biased in favour of Anne Bronte who featured in her honours dissertation on the governess in 19th century art and literature.




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