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Current "Literature, Writing and Anthology" Groups.     Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                                        Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

There is room in this lively and adventurous group for up to 5 new members to continue our exploration of the glories of medieval literature.


We will be reading Malory’s Morte Darthur, focusing on the tragic tale of Lancelot and Guinevere. We will then turn to more factual biography and autobiography (Margery Kempe. Julian of Norwich and Christine de Pisan in translation). In the spring, we will look at medieval drama not written in York.


Where possible we use original texts but these fifteenth century texts sound quite modern.


Venue:The class meets on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoons of the month, at the Group Leader's house.


21st Century Fiction Reading Group



Children's Literature

Expanding Horizons Non-Fiction Reading Group

Pre-WW1 Literature

Crime Fiction

Some Shakespearean Characters

Shakespeare & Music

Play Reading (2 Groups)

Write On

Creative Writing

Writer's Bloc

Poetry Group One and Two

Contemporary Literature

Introduction to Medieval English Literature

Are you an avid reader of fiction who enjoys reading and discussing books you might not have chosen yourself?


Then how about belonging to this group reading paperback fiction published since 2000 chosen by the members.


Venue:Woolman Room on 3rd Monday of each month at 2pm. Starting 18th September.


Each member in turn chooses a recently published book (available in paperback) which we all read; we then meet for discussion.


Over the years we have read a wide variety of literature by many contemporary authors.


Venue:  At the leader’s home.

Meetings are held at 2.15pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting on 20th September 2017.


If you like to explore new territory, expand your vision and get a new perspective on the world, how about joining this lively group which meets every other month?


Books are chosen by the group and invariably offer a fascinating and engaging range of subjects for discussion



Venue:  Members' homes. Alternate months, on 2nd Monday of the month, beginning 11 September 2017.

This will probably be an afternoon meeting (to be confirmed)



Cost: Cost of books

This group offers the opportunity to re-read books and reflect on them, noting how one’s impression of/feelings about them has changed over time.


However, it is also a chance to “visit” a well-known author or novel, British or otherwise, for the first time and catch up on “essential” reading.


Titles will be proposed by the group and members will be able to participate by introducing a book each month, as well as taking part in the general discussion.


Venue: The leader’s home in the Heworth area, normally on the last Friday of the month, 2.00 – 4.00pm approx. The first meeting however will be on 22nd September.  


Do you enjoy revisiting old favourites? Or perhaps you would like to keep up with what your grandchildren are reading? The plan is to read and discuss a mixture of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar titles from the vast range of books written for children and teenagers.


Venue:   At the leader’s home on the first Monday of the month, starting on 4th September 2017 at 1.45pm.




Revisiting the Classics

We would welcome new members to join our small and friendly group.  


We discuss fairly well known literature written before WW1.  


All our choices are available either on Kindle or Audible which is helpful for those with sight difficulties.  


If a new member needed it, we would make all our choices available on Audible.


The venue is the Group Leader's home.  


We meet on the last Thursday afternoon of each month, 2.30pm-4.30pm.


There is no cost.  


Disabled members are welcome.  There is a small step up into my house.

A survey of the inter-relation of Shakespeare and music from his own time to the present.


Beginning with Elizabethan street songs and period settings of lyrics, ballads and catches from the plays, we will watch and listen to recorded performances of musicals based on Shakespeare’s  comedies including the RSC’s Comedy of Errors and the movie of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate,  to operas from Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff to Thomas Ades’ The Tempest, and to ballets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet to the  Royal Opera’s production of The Winter’s Tale, as well as to music by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Walton


Venue: At the leader’s home on alternate Mondays from 2.00 to 4.00pm, starting on 4th September 2017.

Read and discuss crime fiction – new best sellers, old favourites, new discoveries.  


Each member in turn chooses and introduces a book.  


Venue: Two groups meet at 10.30 am on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; members are 'regulars' in one group but can swap to the other to suit diaries when needed.  Meetings are at the leader's house, near The Mount in central York.  

The focus will be on Shakespeare's representation of some significant characters through a study of a few of the plays chosen by the group.  


This is not an academic study but rather an enjoyment of Shakespeare's art and language accessed through listening to our chosen plays (CD) and joining in some discussion.  


Some members are continuing from last year but our scope this time will be wider than before, and may include characters from the comedies or the late plays.


Venue: Meetings will be fortnightly starting on Monday afternoons 2-4pm. The venues will be variable by arrangement with some existing members, but there will be space for newcomers.


We write and talk about one another`s different stories (or anything they may have written or brought to class) participating together to create an interesting read for every member.


We are a mixed ability group.


We include a short workshop in each session (by popular demand) and also on occasions have longer workshops. It is aimed at having fun and we certainly do.  


As well as writing we encourage members to bring along or talk about anything they find interesting. If there are occasions when you can`t manage to write a story that`s o.k. bring along something to talk about - a funny story always goes down well.  


Venue:  Fell Room.  We meet on the 2nd and 5th Monday of the month from 10am to 12noon.


We have 2 groups, with about 10 in each, which meet twice a month to read a play together.


Venue: The Woolman Room (which has disabled access) on the first and third Thursday of each month, commencing 1st September.


The groups meet 10.00 - 12.00 and 1.30 - 3.30 pm.  


This course is designed for people who have some experience of writing.


Members of the group take turns at leading the group in discussion or planning an activity to stimulate and encourage the other members with their writing.


There will be time each session for the writers to share their work and discuss their own writing.



Venue: Woolman Room second and fifth Monday of each month.   10am -12 noon.  

Start date September 11th, 2017




'Writer's Bloc' is a Creative Writing Group aimed at people who have some experience in writing and want to share their work in a supportive group environment.


Numbers will be limited to about eight people so that there is time for feedback in a sustaining way.


We write short pieces, including Flash Fiction, with a view to publishing a selection on Amazon.


Venue: Woolman Room. Meetings will be held on the Tuesday morning of the fourth week (10-12)



There are two groups run by U3A.


Meetings are light-hearted and subjects are chosen by members at each meeting for reading and discussion.




Venue:Group One: In the Fell Room 10.15 to 12.15 second and fourth Tuesdays. The first meeting will be 12th September.


Group Two: In the Woolman Room, from 1.45pm - 4pm on the first and third Fridays of each month.   Our first meeting will be on 15th September 2017 and will continue throughout the year with breaks for Christmas and Easter.


Other Lives Biography Reading Group

Are you interested in people, their personal stories, achievements and the historical and cultural milieu?  


Then please join this group which will read biographies, autobiographies and memoirs chosen by the group.  


All books will be available on the Kindle, a help to those with sight difficulties.


On 26th September, we will be discussing ‘Too Close to the Falls’ a memoir by Catherine Gildiner and choosing books for the rest of the year.  


We generally meet on the last Monday afternoon of alternate months, 2.30pm-4.30pm.       The venue is the Group Leader's home.  


Disabled members are welcome.  There is a small step up into my house.

Writing Together

‘Writing Together’ members share their skills and learn from each other in a friendly and enjoyable group.


Our members write short stories or complete longer projects; creatively or from life experiences. They write for themselves, to share with family and friends or to publish. At our meetings, we explore different writing styles; including fact or fiction stories and poetry and take part in writing exercises and discussions.


Numbers are limited to seven to allow time for our members to read their latest work and receive supportive feedback.



Venue: Woolman Room - 10 am to 12noon on the 3rd Tuesday of each month



Writing for Us

‘Writing For Us’ is a creative writing group, supporting each other as they improve their writing skills.


Our members write short stories or complete longer projects; creatively or from life experiences. They write for themselves, to share with family and friends or to publish. At our meetings, we explore different writing styles; including fact or fiction stories and poetry and take part in writing exercises and discussions.


Numbers are limited to seven to allow time for our members to read their latest work and receive supportive feedback.



Venue: Woolman Room - 1 pm to 3 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month



Enjoying the Odes of Horace

The Odes of the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus, otherwise known as Horace, were composed in Latin in the early years of the first Roman Emperor. They are a wonderful, timeless source of homely wisdom and human emotion. We aim to read and enjoy two new poems each time we meet.

While a little knowledge of Latin would be helpful it isn’t essential as we use the excellent translation by James Michie which prints the Latin text side-by-side with the English translation.





Venue:  Group Leader's home.   We meet at 10.30am on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, starting on 14th September.


Finding a voice through verse

A new course which aims to introduce members to various forms of poetry, with a wide range of examples, to help them realise that writing (and enjoying!) poetry CAN be for everyone.



Venue: Woolman Room 3rd Tuesday of the month 3.15 – 4.15.