Aspects of the 19th Century English Novel
This small, friendly group has looked at the position of women, the relationships of men and women in and outside marriage, parents and children, feminism and social conditions in general and is currently focusing on more general aspects. Sometimes texts are read around the table and at other times extracts are used to illuminate the discussions.
Leader – Phyllis Vangelder.
Creative Writing 1
This is a well-established, relaxed class that always like to encourage new members to join us. Meetings are held on Monday mornings at the Harrow Arts Centre. You can choose any medium you like - the way you express yourself is up to you: personal reminiscences, articles, poetry, short stories, arts reviews... It doesn't matter what it is, just get writing. Feel free to write as much or as little as you want. Even if you've never tried it before, you'll find the more you write, the easier it gets and the better you'll become. You'll find it enjoyable and inspiring.
Group Leader - Dinah Monnickendam.
Creative Writing 2
This is a small but lively creative writing class which is held once a month in Hatch End with around 8-9 regulars. One of our members always writes poetry, others write autobiographically and some take the subject matter to amazingly imaginative places. We like to offer ‘creative criticism’ but none of us are teachers and we run the group for our entertainment, amusement and, hopefully, to keep the old grey cells active. The Leader chooses the title each month and whatever the result, we enjoy each other’s company and it is a fun way to pass a Monday afternoon.
Group Leader - Lynne Dorff.
The group meets in Pinner on alternate Friday mornings. The programme
continues the study of works by the ancient Greek dramatists within
their historical and social background with discussions on their
The work currently being discussed is HOMER'S ODYSSEY.
The leader is Shirley Guest.
Literary Discussion Group 1
This group meets fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 12 at a member's home. We choose books following a theme chosen by consensus - historical, genre, gender, geography etc . Members take turns to present a book, if willing, with much support from the others. Each book usually covers two sessions.
We have no leader but are a self supporting group. Come and try us.
Literary Discussion 2
We are a small group which meets in a member’s home in Stanmore. We have recently studied The Forsyth Saga in depth and have started on Persuasion by Jane Austen. We try to read classic novels. The discussion is led by a group member and is very informal. We try to analyse the characters and to find parallels in our lives today. New members are very welcome.
Leader: Jean Kenton
New members are always welcome at this friendly Play Reading Group which meets on Monday afternoons in the Kenton Room. A play is sight-read in its entirety and everyone gets a chance to read at some point. Books are provided and plays vary from old favourites, Noel Coward and JB Priestley to more recent writers such as Yesmina Reza and David Hare.
Group Leaders - Barbara Jackson & M Birkinshaw.
War and Peace Reading group.
Since September about a dozen of us have been reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace together. A novel by turns a love story, a family saga, a war novel, a philosophical treatise, a Russian national epic it is about people trying to create meaning and happiness in their lives in times of political and social turmoil. We meet fortnightly to discuss a section we have already read.
Leader: Mary Salinsky