Literature Group 1

There are 17 of us and we meet in a member’s home on the morning of first Wednesdays. We are operating at capacity, but please be in contact if interested. Costs are minimal. We study themes, periods and particular authors, principally but not solely British. Several of our members are happy to lead sessions; others prefer just to join in on discussion that follows – invariably lively and enjoyable.

After a successful range around short stories (authors from Britain, France, America, Russia, New Zealand), started in 2015, we spent a shorter time on drama of Ancient Greek, culminating in attending a performance of Euripedes’s Electra at Theatre by the Lake (see below). Then we came home, closely studying Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey, centred on rewarding on-site discussions with experts at Greta Hall and The Wordsworth Trust. Now (April 2018) we are embarking on an enquiry into biography: there’s a lot of it about, but surprisingly little commentary defining essential features of this genre at its best. Perhaps we will provide answers.

From time to time we organise theatre trips to Keswick and, less frequently, Newcastle or Manchester, open to U3A membership more generally.

Do contact me: Robin Acland 017687 79672 or email

Literature Group 2

The convenor of the group is Helen Dunham; she can be contacted on  01931 712429.

The group meets in each other’s homes and members share responsibility for coordinating meetings. At present we are concentrating on poetry.