Shared Learning Project:

When she came to visit us recently, our South West Regional Trustee, Marion Clements, suggested that we might become involved with a "Shared Learning Project".

Three of our members are now helping create a digital catalogue for the Royal Cornwall Museum's Courtney Library, and a couple of other members are hoping to start there soon. The library has a fine collection of Cornish documents and books, and is used by people researching into Cornish History. The catalogue should be a great help to them.



Reading Group - Falmouth:

Book Group Falmouth.

We meet at Bay Court, Cliff, Road, Falmouth TR11 4NP
We have read  ‘Half a Yellow Sun’ by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi and covered the conflict between Nigeria and Biafra in the 1960’s. It was quite a challenge; most of us remembered the starving children shown on TV. The book was written from the Biafran point of view and proved to be very interesting. Their flag depicted.Half a Yellow Sun.

We read Sidetracked by Henning Mankell. This is about Wallender, the Swedish detective. As with all books that some people loved and others did not, there was much discussion. It cannot truly be said to be a "who done it" because it is told from the perspective of both cop and criminal. We gave it an average score of 7.

We read A Widow for One Year by John Irving. That created a great deal of discussion with several members disliking it so much that they gave it 0! Ohters gave it 6 but an average is pointless! It certainly provided plenty of discussion and the the suggestion that A Prayer for Owen Meany also by John Irving, is a much better read.

We read "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. This was met with a lukewarm response from most members. Many of us having read it before, we were perhaps more cynical about the author's intention than we were before. We thought that if the author had not had an advance from her publisher's, the novel might have had more edge. We did however think she is a good travel writer and would look for more of her non-fiction books. We gave it an verage of 5 which ranged from 2 to !

"Disgrace" by J. M. Coetzee caused a great deal of discussion. Amongst those who were reading it for the second time, it received most praise, as on the second read you can realise that this was a well deserved Booker prize winner.

Recent reads have been Katharine Mansfield Short Stories, House of Cards by Michael Dobbs and Into Danger by Kate Adie. The short stories were enjoyed by all, but it proved more difficult to discuss as obviously one theme or main character were not there. We realised how little government has changed since the 80s when House of Cards was written! It was interesting to see how the ending in the book is different to the one on TV, so that another series could be added. Kate Adie's Into danger got the surpisingly low score of 5, yet it created the most discussion. There were a great variety of dangerous occupations mentioned; those that people do because they they have an obsession e.g the snake venom collector, those who have a callinge.g. police, fireman and bomb disposal officers and those who are attracted as it is very well paid because of the danger e.g. North Sea oil rig divers.

Our latest read was "A Respecatble Trade" by Phillippa Gregory. This was well received with a score of 8. Coming from a historian , you can have faith in the historical detail and we learnt a lot about the slave trade, particularly as it appeared in Bristol. The story line was also intrigueing.
Shirley Clark
01326 218484

Reading Group 2

Meets on first Monday of the month, 14.00 at the Cathedral cafe, Truro                Contact: Wendy Morris            01326 378862

Creative Writing


This small sociable group meets every second Tuesday of the month in a member’s home. We meet at 2pm. and start with tea or coffee and delicious cakes provided by our generous hostess.
Each member writes up to 750 words or a poem inspired by a different subject which is given each month. For example the last one was ‘The Empty Chair.’  I am always impressed by the diversity of pieces produced.
We discuss each piece written in a friendly and constructive way, usually producing much laughter. Although we try not to take ourselves too seriously, we do aim to learn from each other and improve our writing skills.
If you are interested in joining this group, please contact me on -brendaburgess19

Read the results of the writing competition by clicking here.

Creative Writing - Falmouth:

Due to failing health, Di Coffey, our leader of Falmouth Creative Writers' Group has stood down and passed the group leadership to Mike Robson.  

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the residents' lounge at Bay Court, Cliff Road, Falmouth.  Our meetings are always relaxed and often jolly occasions and our aim is to encourage our members to write - fact, fiction, poetry - rather than nit-pick syntax and the occasional spelling mistake.

If you would like to join us, Mike Robson is the person to contact on 01872 863 085


Poetry - Truro:

The meetings take place at Val Davidson's home at 10.30am on a Friday about once a month. For more information contact Val at (01872) 247546.

At our July meeting the  Poetry Ground broke new ground with readings from the poetry of Benjamin Zephhaniah and Lemn Sissay.

At our next meeting in September, the poet will be Walter De La Mare. New members would be welcome.

George Taplin     01872 260007.



Poetry group Falmouth.

We meet monthly in group members homes. Our last choice of poet was Maya Angelou, such a life story and perceptive poems. Poetry Falmouth

Our last meeting introduced us to Cornish poet Sylvia Kantaris who was new to us and very illuminating.The next meeting is on Thursday 21st February at 2p.m. in a members home
The selected poet is the American ,Karl Sandberg .
New members to the group are welcome, just contact me or details,

Bren Button      07931235633 or 01326 376832


Reading 1 - Truro:

Owzat! 100 and not out!

Ours was the first reading group in U3A Carrick, which started in 2004 and in April we shall be reading and discussing our 100th book. Quite an achievement! Apart from me, only two of our founding members are still there,


Molly has generously hosted our meetings each month from the very beginning – an equally impressive achievement and one for which all members, past and present, are grateful. Most members stay years so turnover is infrequent, but at present we would welcome two more: see below how to contact me if you are interested.


We meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 2.00 -4.00 pm; in December each member chooses one book for our yearly reading list: the variety of choice leads to some lively, and always interesting, discussions!

Click here to open our Reading List of 100 Titles!

This will open a Word file, listing our books read from 2004 to 2013!

Thank you to all those who have contributed to our meetings to date – and long may they continue.
Nancy Kinnison (01872) 222326


Reading 2 - Truro:

The group is led by Wendy Morris, email third Monday at 2.00pm. Contact Wendy for any further information and location.



Would you like to try another group to start the New Year? Why not come and join the playreading group. We enjoy an afternoon reading a variety of plays, comedy, serious, classic or like the one we read today, The Woman in Black, chilling.You don't have to be Dame Judi Dench or Sir John Gielgud to belong to the group, we just have fun reading. One week you may be playing a young girl or an old man or maybe even both if the play has a large cast. We meet at Mark and Chris Breach's house on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 2pm till we've read the play usually 4 to 5pm. Our numbers fluctuate but we have room for a few more. Refreshments provided.


Chris Breach <>




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Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator