Literature & Writing

Book Group — Penguin Modern Classics 

Leader Daphne Berkovi

Enemies: A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Herman Broder a refugee and Holocaust survivor has three women in his life. Unsure of who he really is and what he wants and whether he can ever find peace; he navigates a crowded Yiddish New York with a sense of paranoia and impending doom

Now moving into our third year, our group will continue 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.

  • Continuing using Zoom Conference
  • Next meetings:   17 July
  • When: Friday 09:45am – 11.00 am
  • Location: On Zoom
  • 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.

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

Creative Writing

Leader:  pending appointment

A group that meets to write on a variety of topics; exploring different literary genres

  • Start date: On hold at present
  • When: Monday 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Location: Member’s home in NW11
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10

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.  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

  • Continuing online with Zoom
  • Dates: 11 August “Donkey Years” by Michael Frayn
  • When: Tuesdays 3.30–5.30 pm
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places:  no restrictions


Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Poetry books

This group has resumed. Our first meeting was a discussion of D H Lawrence’s poetry led by author Sorrel Kerbel.  Each month a member gives a presentation on their chosen poet. July meeting is a presentation on William Blake

  • Meeting online using Zoom
  • When: First Monday of month 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
  • Contact Daphne Berkovi

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

  • Continuing using Zoom
  • When: Tuesday 10.00 am – 11.30 am
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 14.  Currently full, hence Study Group 2 below has been set up

Study Group 2

  • Continuing using Zoom
  • When: Fridays 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 10 (2 vacancies)