Ella Jolly has been in touch to mention the book group she runs at FACT in Liverpool. The group reads books that have been made into films and discusses them in that context. The next meeting is on November 22. Ella writes:
Thursday 22nd November 2007
6.30pm in the FACT Café
A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
Hines’ 1968 novel explores the life of troubled teenager Billy Casper, who lives in a bleak Yorkshire mining town, with little scope for romance or hope. Billy’s life holds no interest or meaning for him until he finds a kestrel hawk and teaches himself falconry. In doing so, he learns unforgettable life lessons of trust, responsibility and love. Ken Loach’s 1969 film adaptation Kes is a classic of modern British cinema and a film that is still talked about by people who remember its original release. Film fans and readers should come and join the debate on what makes this such a special story.