An exciting collaboration between the University of Newcastle’s Humanities Research Institute and the Newcastle Variety Club has resulted in the first-of-a-kind Community Big Book Club Event.

Open to everybody, the event will be held at Longworth House on October 18th. The first book to be examined is Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies and the discussion will be led by two of the University’s Renaissance Literature specialists.

The Humanities Research Institute has, over the last two years, been striving to encourage interaction between what the Institute does academically and the wider community. It has created a ‘Friends of the Humanities Research Institute’ group to keep interested community members up to date with events and news from the Institute.

Humanities research has a proud record both of innovation and of cherishing tradition, and has an important role to play in intellectual life at the University and more widely.

The inaugural Big Book Club is shaping up to be a dynamic evening as the group explores the thrilling immediacy of Mantel’s prose, and investigates the dark side of Renaissance power struggles.

In Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

This new novel is a speaking picture; an audacious vision of Tudor England that also illuminates the present day. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.

Tickets are $25.00 per person. Proceeds go to Variety: The Children’s Charity, to support local initiatives in children’s literacy.

For more information about the Big Book Club or the ‘Friends of the Humanities Research Institute’ visit here or contact the Institute: e: or p: 02 4921 7915