Literature & Writing

Book Group — Penguin Modern Classics 

Leader Daphne Berkovi

Glittering City by Cyprian Ekwensi.  Untrustworthy, charming Fussy Joe spins stories and breaks hearts in this rollicking story set in the ‘sensational city’ of 1960s Lagos. This is just one of many stories by this acclaimed Nigerian author.

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 April, 15 May, 19 June, 17 July
  • When: Friday 10.00 am – 11.15 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11
  • 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. Choosing from a wide selection of play sets available from Barnet library.

  • Continuing online with Zoom
  • Dates:   12 May, 9 June, 14 July
  • When: Tuesdays 3.30–5.30 pm
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 12


Leader: To be confirmed

Poetry books

We plan to revive this group beginning with a discussion of D H Lawrence’s poetry led by author Sorrel Kerbel. Other members will be encouraged to give a presentation on a chosen poet each month.

  • 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)