Literature and Drama

There are five book circles each meeting once a month. Group 1 - 2nd Wednesday of each month 2.00pm at members’ homes. Group 2 - 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm in members’ homes. Group 3 - 2nd Thursday of each month at 2.15pm in members’ homes. Group 4 - 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm in  members’ homes. Group 5 - 3rd Thursday of the month at 10.30am at members’ homes.

  This group complete short exercises as a session or homework to develop character, create dialogue, ideas for plot, or focus on memory as a basis for autobiography and fiction.

This group looks at authors who have lived or worked in this area, with a focus on Kent. We discuss a text and author each month.  We also make one or two visits to places of interest. We meet on the 4th Monday afternoon. Current Situation This group has managed to hold several monthly meetings during lockdown on Zoom, which enabled us to continue with our programme.  In April, we held a discussion on Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway' and in May and in June, our meetings were both on Dickens' 'Great Expectations'.  For these, we have had 7 or 8 participants on Zoom, (which we felt was the right number, not being too many.)  We planned it well in advance, with specific contributions from members, and the resulting discussion was quite focused and detailed, extending over several consecutive short Zoom sessions, - so being the length of a 'normal' meeting. As one participant commented, it was a relief to focus on something other than the 'covid day-to-day'. The Zoom meetings were felt to be successful, and an achievement for us, but we still do prefer having meetings face-to-face!

We meet to read a variety of plays together, from Shakespeare to modern. No acting talent is required. Group 1 - Meet in Hildenborough on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10.00am. Group 2 - Meet in Hildenborough on the 2nd Monday of the month at 10.00am.

The purpose of the group is simply to enjoy reading poetry (one or two members sometimes write their own) with comments perhaps, but no serious analysis. 10.00am on the 3rd Thursday each month in Hildenborough.

A self-help group for anyone interested in learning more about the craft of writing poetry. Suitable for beginners and more experienced writers wishing to improve their knowledge and skills.  Despite the lockdowns, we have kept going courtesy of Zoom and we would be delighted to have new members.  Everyone is very supportive of each other’s efforts so this is not an intimidating process at all. We meet on the 4th Tuesday each month from 2.00pm in Hildenborough.

Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm in Tonbridge. Current Situation We usually meet monthly, and now we meet on Zoom