Literature & Writing

Book Group — Penguin Modern Classics

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Hattie Wagonner, 72 years old and alone, has lived most of her life under a cloud of self-deception. After an accident threatens her independent way of life, Hattie finds herself forced to look back on the past. Viewing her life as if it were a movie reel. She is able to stop and examine the most important periods and events. Yet, such scrutiny seems to have little effect upon her mindset. The resolution Hattie makes at the end of the story resides firmly in her habit of denying the truth as any of the actions she has taken in the decades of her adult life.

Now moving into our second year, our group will be reading books from a long list of  Penguin Modern Classics.  Introducing readers to a diverse range of 20th century writers, who broke the rules, created new forms of expression and made their voices heard against the odds.

  • Next meeting: 18 January 2019
  • “Leaving the Yellow House” by Saul Bellow
  • When: Friday 10.15 am – 11.30 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6RJ
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 12

Evening Book Group

Leader: Tina Stanton

“No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmond Wilson

What could be more interesting than discussing books with a group of lively and engaging people? The HGS U3A Evening book group is relaunching.  It will feature a wide array of reading chosen by the participants.

  • Next meeting: Please refer to Leader
  • When: Thursday 8 pm – 9.15 pm
  • Location: Members’ homes
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10 -15

Creative Writing Group

Leader: Neil Behrmann

A relaxed meeting for writers and first-timers wishing to put words down on paper. Fiction and non-fiction. Neil, a working journalist and author, will give initial and ongoing talks about the process with contributions from the group through Q & A. The group can write about life story, anecdotes 500 -2000 words long initially. If members wish they an read their pieces to the group. members can edit pieces voluntarily e.g. member A writes the piece and member B edits.  Criticism will be offered.  May link up with a photographer at times and go for walks and write about experiences.

  • Start date:  7 January 2019
  • When:  Monday 2 – 3.30 pm
  • Location: Community Room, Golders Green Library,  156 Golders Green Road, London NW11 8HE (Access via Library Card and PIN)
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 12
  • Booking: Ideal at start of course but newcomers are welcome

Play-Reading Group

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

We are a  group who love the theatre and enjoy reading parts. No experience is needed, just enjoyment and fun in a friendly atmosphere. Choosing from a wide selection of play sets available from Barnet library.

Play: “No Sex Please – We’re British” A Comedy by  Anthony Marriot and Alistair Foot. A British farce centring around a pornographic book shop and the muddled addresses of the local bank and its assistant manager and his wife.

  •  Date:  10 January 2018
  • When: Thursday 2.45 pm – 5 pm
  • Location: Members’ homes by rotation
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10
  • Currently full – waiting list

Poetry Reading for Pleasure

Leader: Elizabeth Inman

Poetry books

Reading, sharing, and discussion of poems with agreed themes.

  • Start date:  21 August 2018
  • When: Tuesday 2.30 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6NE
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 10

Shakespeare Group

Leader: Richard Abramson

Portrait of William Shakespeare
Portrait of Shakespeare attributed to John Taylor, circa 1610 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Shakespeare plays: study and discussion of texts.

The way we study is to read a small section of the play text at a time, and, depending on its complexity and interest, discuss and analyse each part.  We keep the discussion light, while trying to appreciate the joy of the text.  Some of us know Shakespeare well, while for others a new vista is opened up.

The group is currently over-subscribed, but those who wish can go on a waiting list.

Richard has given several talks on Shakespeare, and recently completed an MA in Shakespeare Studies at Royal Holloway.

  • Start date: We restart on 22 January, reading Macbeth
  • When: Tuesday 10 am – 11.30 am, followed by an (optional) coffee time
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW2 2ED
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 14