Literature & Writing

Book Group — Penguin Modern Classics

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Watermark” by Joseph Brodsky (Winner of the Nobel prize for literature) – a moving and elegant portrait of Venice. Brodsky recalls his own memories of the Venice during his temporary sojourn in a place he learned to love.

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:  21 June, 19 July
  • “The Vigilante” by John Steinbeck
  • When: Friday 10.00 am – 11.15 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 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: Please refer to Leader
  • When: Thursday 8 pm – 9.15 pm
  • Location: Members’ homes
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10 -15

Creative Writing Group 1

Leader: Susan Raab – Writing teacher

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: 29 April 2019
  • When: Monday 2 – 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:   9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August
  • 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 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 7 May, reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 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.  Currently full, hence Study Group 2 below has been set up

Study Group 2

  • Start date: We will start on 10 May, reading Measure for Measure
  • When: Fridays 2 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW2 2ED
  • Frequency: Dates this term are 10 & 31 May, 14 & 21 June, 5, 19 & 26 July (will eventually run fortnightly)
  • Number of places: 10