Literature & Writing

Book Group — Penguin Modern Classics 

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Notes on Nationalism”  an Essay by George Orwell, completed in 1945 in the final stages of the 2nd World War . Orwell compares Nazism with other forms of nationalistic ideologies to generate an argument.

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

  • Next meetings:   20 December 2019
  • 2020: 17 January; 21 February; 20 March;
  • 17 April; 15 May; 19 June; 17 July
  • When: Friday 10.00 am – 11.15 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6RJ
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 12 (1 vacancy)

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 group meets once every four weeks. The books are chosen by members, and are usually provided free of charge via the Barnet Library Book Club Service.

  • Next meeting: Contact leader
  • When: Thursday 8.00 pm – 9.15 pm
  • Location: Members’ homes
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10

Creative Writing

Leader: Susan Raab

Susan is known to many of our members having taught Creative Writing last year. She is now returning with a monthly session.  After a varied career as she always enjoyed writing, taking classes in her spare time.  She took an Open University degree in Creative Writing, having completed three novels and has since led a number of U3A Creative Writing classes.

  • Start date: Contact leader
  • When: Monday 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Location: Member’s home in NW11
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10, currently full

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.

  • Dates:   7 November – The Lightning Play by Charlotte Jones – set in North London at Halloween
  • 5 December
  • When: Thursday 2.45 pm – 5.00 pm
  • Location: Members’ homes by rotation
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 12

Poetry Reading for Pleasure

Leader: Elizabeth Inman

Poetry books

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

  • Start date:  Contact leader
  • When: Tuesday 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6NE
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 10

Shakespeare Study Groups

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.

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

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.

Study Group 1

  • Start date: We restart on 17 September, reading Henry IV, Part 1
  • When: Tuesday 10.00 am – 11.30 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW2 2ED
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 14.  Currently full, hence Study Group 2 below has been set up

Study Group 2

  • Start date: We restart on 13 September, reading Hamlet
  • When: Fridays 10.00 am – 11.30 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW2 2ED
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 10