Armchair Critics

We talk about anything in the arts which has been of particular interest to us. This could be theatre, film, opera, music, exhibitions or even books. The idea is that everyone is able to have their say, leading to lively discussions.


Poetry Appreciation


We read and discuss poems by both established poets and members of the group.  Each session will be focussed on a specific theme or poet.   Those members who enjoy writing poetry are encouraged to share their poems with the group.  We are not judgmental but will discuss the poem and give constructive feedback, if this is requested. Group members each present a poem which they have submitted in advance of the meeting so that everyone is then able to read it on their own device. The main aim of the group is to read and enjoy poetry of all kinds and to compare our personal responses in an informal way.

Helen Roberts is also a coordinator of the group –

Reading Classic Novels


Concentrating on classic novels in English, the choice of one book each month will be decided by members. Refreshments will be provided at 2.30, with time for a chat before discussion of the book.  We meet on the first Wednesday of each month but if a majority of people are unavailable, then we will change to an alternative day for that month.

We meet at the homes of four of our members, in rotation.




Reading in Translation

Reading in Translation


We are a small friendly group who enjoy reading novels from other cultures.

The books are chosen by the members of the group in turn.

We start off with tea and a chat, followed by a lively discussion of our book.



Modern and Contemporary Literature


We are continuing our study of the past Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, interspersed with the work of his contemporaries, other late 20C poets and current 21C poets, with occasional visits elsewhere, for example Shakespeare’s sonnets.

All members are expected to read (aloud), explore and discuss the selected poems.

Suggestions for the programmes or any new areas of study are made by individual group members and always discussed and acted upon.  New members are welcome.

Mentor: Keith Richards