|Meeting Day||3rd Friday|
|Time||2.00 (1.45 Tea/Coffee)|
|Location||Castle Street Centre
What we do
As a group we plan a programme of reading for up to about a year in advance. For each meeting a member introduces the chosen work, and this is followed by a discussion. The books we choose are mainly novels, both classic and modern, but, for variety, we may include a play, a selection of poetry, and/or a biography. We also have regular 'Own Choice' sessions at which members have an opportunity to discuss any book which has interested them.
We are not just a 'reading group'. We like to look in some depth at various aspects of the work in question, such as: How is it structured? What themes are explored? Is the description effective? Are the characters believable?
This is a friendly group and would appeal to anyone with a love of reading and lively discussion. We usually gather a few minutes before 2 pm and begin each meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits.
We try to keep down cost by borrowing sets of books from the County Library service, and by buying cheap, paperback editions.
We have continued to meet throughout the year, with most members joining by Zoom. In these difficult times we have enjoyed some traditional classics, and some lighter reading. Zoom is not ideal, but on balance most members feel that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. We expect to continue meeting by Zoom for some time, until social distancing regulations allow for comfortable group meetings indoors again.
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