Group Texts

These are the texts read and discussed at Tricycle Readers.

June 1

Concerning the Bodyguard by Donald Barthelme

Ripples on New Grass by Ruth Padel taken from The Mara Crossing

May 19

One of These Days by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

At the Fish Houses by Elizabeth Bishop

May 11

Author visit to the group from Zadie Smith who read to us, in its entirety, The Embassy of Cambodia

April 27

Philomela by Emma Tennant from The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories edited by Malcolm Bradbury

Stone of Patience and Overblown Roses from Child: New and Selected Poems 1999-2011 by Mimi Khalvati

April 20

Seraglio by Graham Swift from The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories edited by Malcolm Bradbury

Deeply Morbid by Stevie Smith

March 23

The Most Handsome Drowned Man in the World by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love Poem XIV Every Day You Play by Pablo Neruda

March 15

Lalla’s Interests by Vera Inber  and What a Pity by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Both stories taken from Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida Edited by Robert Chandler

Mirror by Sylvia Plath

March 8

On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning by Haruki Murakami

Mabel by W Somerset Maugham, both short stories taken from Stories to Get You Through the Night

If Thou Must Love Me (Sonnet 14) Elizabeth Barrett Browning

March 1

Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf

oh antic God and 1994 by Lucille Clifton

February 22

Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

February 15

Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens by Lorrie Moore from The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore

The Seashells of Bridlington North Beach by Jack Mapanje

February 9

The Company of Wolves by Angela Carter

Swan and Shadow by John Hollander

February 2

The Good Lion and The Faithful Bull,  by Ernest Hemingway

Singles Cruise by Kathryn Maris

Midsummer, Tobago by Derek Walcott

January 26

In the Hours of Darkness by Edna O’Brien from The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories edited by Malcolm Bradbury

A Poem of  Changgan by Li Po

The River-Merchant’s Wife, A Letter by Ezra Pound, after Li Po

January 19

Road Kill by Romesh Gunesekara

The Farmer’s Bride by Charlotte Mew

2015: January 12

Family Supper by Kazoo Ishiguro.  Download free from

Warning by Jenny Joseph.  Read by the poet on YouTube

Advice to Myself by Louise Erdrich

December 1:

Yesterday was Beautiful by Roald Dahl from The Complete Short Stories volume I.  Hear it on YouTube, read by Juliet Stevenson

Fish Cheeks by Amy Tan

Dear Reader by Rita Mae Reese

November 24:

A Family Man by V S Pritchett,  from The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories edited by Malcolm Bradbury

Anne Hathaway by Carol Ann Duffy

November 17:

Orientation by Daniel Orozco

After Eight Years of Marriage by Mamta Kalia taken from the Life Less Ordinary blog, and available in A Woman’s World, A Century of Women’s Voices in Poetry edited by Neil Philip/Alissa Heyman

November 10:

Blowfish by Ton Satomi from The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories edited by Theodore W Goossen

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

November 3:

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman, you can read a review of the collection here.

August 1952 by Faiz Ahmed Faiz translated by Agha Shahid Ali

Ozymandias by Percy Bysse Shelley

October 20:

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula Le Guin

Death of Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

October 13:

The Bet by Anton Chekhov

The Back Seat of My Mother’s Car by Julia Copus

October 6:

Landlord of the Crystal Fountain by Malachi Whitaker, from English Short Stories edited by A S Byatt.
You can hear a radio adaptation here.

Eden Rock by Charles Causley

September 29:

Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies by Salman Rushdie, from his East West collection

Bird by Pablo Neruda (translation, Alastair Reid) from the collection, Fully Empowered

2014: September 22:

The Dolls House by Katharine Mansfield

Ghost of a Garden by Robin Robertson from the collection, Swithering.



One comment

  1. Morning all. After the recent interesting and sparky discussion about Hemmingway-here is a short account of his life:

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