Literature & Writing

All Literature & Writing groups remain active. Most are online, but Shakespeare will resume face-to-face sessions in September.

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 a month, with members taking turn to choose books.

Waiting list to join at present, but there’s plenty of room in our other book group—World Literature Post 1900 that meets monthly on a Friday morning (starting on 24 September).

  • Online with Zoom
  • When: Thursday 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10

Creative Writing

Leader: Hazel Finn

The writing group is for anyone who wants encouragement to write on a variety of topics; exploring different literary genres. Since lock down they run as a mutual support group. Members takes turns to share their pieces of writing.

  • When: Thursdays 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 10

Play-Reading Group

Leader: Malcolm Brahams

We are a  group who love the theatre and enjoy reading parts. No experience is needed, just enjoyment and fun in a friendly atmosphere.  We were choosing from a wide selection of play sets available from Barnet library. Now we are downloading PDFs or on a Kindle to read our plays, which are proving successful

  • Online with Zoom
  • When: Tuesdays 3.30–5.30 pm
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places:  no restrictions


Leader: Sharon Lee

Poetry books

Poetry is one of the most powerful forms of writing. So, whether you like the Romantics or prefer the Modernists there is something here for everyone to share.  We take turns each month choosing a poet and discussing the poet and their poetry

  • Online using Zoom
  • When: First Monday of month 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
  • Contact: Sharon Lee
  • Number of places: No restrictions

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

  • Resuming 14 September in leader’s home in NW2
  • When: Tuesday 10.00 am – 11.30 am
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 12.  Currently full.

Study Group 2

  • Resuming 17 September in leader’s home in NW2
  • When: Fridays 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 12. Currently full

World Literature Post 1900

Leader: Eric Wilton

The World Literature Post-1900 group, (formerly the Penguin Modern Classics group), is a reading group — not a formal course — of folk interested in reading and exchanging views on worthwhile modern literature. We get together once a month to discuss a book selected by a member of the group, in rotation. The group is run on an informal and friendly basis. Our sessions start with a 10 minute review, given by the selector, which is followed by interactive comments and views. Do join us — with such a broad remit you can expect to be introduced to some very interesting and worthwhile reads.

  • Start date: 24 September 2021
  • When: Friday 9:30am – 10.45 am
  • Location: On Zoom
  • Frequency: 4th Friday of each month
  • Spaces: Room for 6 more