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From "Beowulf" to "Monty Python": Get Lit for Jan. 17

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Last year the Brigit Saint Brigit Theater brought their great experience to a new weekly event, Friday night readings of literature at the Bookworm bookstore in Omaha. Asimov, Dickens, J.D. Salinger and many more were featured.

This week medieval times are a focus, with readings from the oral epic poem "Beowulf," which influenced J.R.R. Tolkien who refers to it in his nonfiction writing. Rather than movies like "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," which are based on Tolkien's books but sometimes veer from them, this evening we can see local actors perform work such as "Beowulf," one of the earliest works in English literature. Chaucer, the fantasy author George R.R. Martin, and the 1975 movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" are also on the schedule.

"Beowulf," one of the most unique reading assignments for English students, was recently translated by the poet Seamus Heaney. His translation is to be used this evening.

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