5 - Book Discussion Group A
4 monthly sessions from 2.00-4.00 on Mondays 7 August 4 September 2 October 6 November

The group chooses one book to be discussed each month and members take turns leading the discussion.

7 - Book Discussion Group B
Laurie Bourke - 4 monthly sessions from 12.30-2.00 on Mondays 14 August 11 September 9 October 13 November 

The group discusses one book at each monthly meeting. At the end of each meeting the group will decide the book to be discussed at the next session. The book for discussion at the first session will be Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford.

15 - A Shakespeare Comedy: Twelfth Night
Dr Alan Dilnot - 2 weekly sessions from 2.00-4.00 on Tuesdays 25 July and 1 August 

Dr Dilnot will examine the characteristics of Shakespearian comedy as exemplified in the play Twelfth Night. Relevant features of theatrical conditions in Shakespeares day will be treated, including the role of music, doubling and the use of boys to play womens parts.

47 - Poetry Pilgrims: Poetry appreciation - Wait list only
Anne McQueen Thomson - 9 fortnightly sessions from 12.30-2.30 on Wednesdays 2 August to 22 November 

Anne will lead this poetry discussion group. It is not creative writing. We read and discuss a variety of poems from a variety of authors and from different eras. Our explorations include the context of each poem, something of the author’s background and the strengths and weaknesses and style of each poem. We will advise in advance the poems for each session. Our hope is to learn something of the world of poetry, to become more open to taking pleasure in different kinds of poems and more articulate in discussing our reactions, all in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere.

62 - The Readers
18 weekly sessions from 10.00-11.45 on Thursdays 3 August to 30 November

This semester the group is reading Machiavelli The Prince and Chekov The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories. There is time for a brief discussion. Members take it in turns to read aloud so pagination is very important. We recommend Machiavelli The Prince translated by Tim Parks Penguin ed ISBN 978-0-141-44225-9 and Chekov The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories Penguin ed ISBN-13: 978-0-140-44787-3.

71 - Creative Writing
Janet Allen - 9 fortnightly sessions from 10.00-12.00 on Fridays 11 August to 1 December 

The writers group meets fortnightly to share work members have produced and comment on the effectiveness of the piece. Each member writes on a theme of personal choice or topic or technique set for that meeting. Everyone has the opportunity to present their work regularly