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.

Further information from Tony Herring (01872) 273678


Reading Group - Falmouth:

The Falmouth reading group continues to meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10am. we now meet in the beautiful lounge of Bay Court, Cliff Road, Falmouth. We get our books from the Reading Group sets from the library.

Books we have read 2013.
Feb. The Lake of Dreams. Kim Edwards.
March. Seeking the Dead. Kate Ellis.
April. Trespass. Rose Tremain.
May. Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte.
June. Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth Gilbert.
July. The Great Gatsby. Scott Fitzgerald.
August. Chocolate shoes & Wedding. Trisha Ashley.
Sept. The Lambs of London. Peter Ackroyd.
Oct. Cider with Rosie. Laurie Lee.
Nov. The Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini.

Books we have read 2014
Jan.    Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky.
Feb.    Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd.
March. Valley of Secrets – Charmian Hussey.
April.    Another Life – Sara MacDonald.
May.     Brick Lane – Monica Ali.
June.    Footprints in the Sand – Sarah Challis.
July.     Giving up the Ghost.- Hilary Mantel.
August.  Red Bones – Ann Cleeve.
Sept.     A pair of Blue Eyes. – Thomas Hardy.
Oct.       House of Orphans. – Helen Dinmore.
Nov/Dec. Jamaica Inn – Daphne du Maurier.


Books we have read 2015.
Dec/Jan. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier.
Feb. The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley.
March. A Sweet Obscurity by Patrick Gale.
April.  Good Behaviour by Molly Kearne.
May. Eloise by Judy Finnigan.
June. The Pity of War by Pat Barker.
July. Brick Lane by Monica Ali. (Also read May 2014.)
August. Drowning Man by Michael Robotham.
Sept. Angel of Death by Sidney Sheldon/ Tilly Bagshawe
Oct. One Pair of Hands by Monica Dickens.
Nov. Room by Emma Donoghue.
Dec. /Jan. Is There Anything You Want? By Margaret Forster.

Books we have read 2016
Jan. Is there anything you want? Margaret Forster.
Feb. A Perfectly Good Man. Patrick Gale.
March. Reckless. William Boyd.
April. The Small Hand. Susan Hill.
May. Like Water for Chocolate. Laura Esquivel
June. House of Spirits. Isabel Allende
July Casual Vacancy J.K.Rowling
August. The Dark Monarch, Sven Berlin.
Sept. Borrowed Light. Joolz Denby.
Oct. Somewhere more Simple by Marion Molteno.
Nov. The Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald


Dec/January 2017. Marie Antoinette. The Journey. By Antonia Fraser.
Feb. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
March. Family Album by Penelope Lively.
April. Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore.
May.  Restoration by Rose Tremain.
June. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse.
July. The Main Cages by Phillip Marsden.
August.  Deaf Sentence by David Lodge.
September. Troubles by J.G.Farrell.
October.   Fair Stood the Wind for France by H. E. Bates.
November. The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas.

Far Stands the Wind for France by H.E Bates caused some discussion about whether we should take into account the date the book was written. In this case it was published in 1944 and the story concerns airman crashing into France. It received general approval, particularly for the style in which it was written. The average score was 8.

The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas was our November book. The scores ranged from 3 to 10 but we all agreed the background of Kashmir was described well.

Events at CUC

We are at the moment up to a maximum number for the number of books we can borrow from the library. However if youwould like to go on a waiting list,please contact: Shirley Clark (01326) 218484

Creative Writing

Members of The Truro and Falmouth Creative Writing Groups went ‘on the air’ on 16th. February as guests of Mark Crees in his bi-weekly community radio programme ‘BookMark’ which features a mix of literature, music and the spoken word.  Jane Moss, who was one of the judges of the 2016 Barbara Scammell Poetry and Prose competition, joined the winners of the first and second prizes in the Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry categories. Jane, a poet and teacher of Creative Writing, said in her introduction that in judging the competition she looked for work that is original, entertaining and that engaged her emotions and senses and above all showed talent. She said that, although the overall standard of work was very high, there had no problem deciding on the prize-winners and discussed with Mark Crees the reasons for choosing each of these pieces.
The 1st prize Non-fiction winning entry, Janet Zorro’s moving ‘Call to a Warrior Queen’ followed the 2nd prize for Non-Fiction, an enchanting piece, ‘April in Greenland’, which was written and read by Maria Nelson-Langford.
Two short poems came next. ‘Still Life’ by Brenda Burgess, [2nd prize], and ‘Lost’ a thought provoking piece by Ann Mundler which was awarded first prize.
In the Fiction category the 2nd. Prize winning tale about a ‘Water Leak’ by Pat Jowsey and Maria Nelson-Langford’s witty 1st prize-winner ‘Married to a Chameleon’ finished the programme with a welcome touch of humour.

This broadcast is accessible on ‘Mixcloud’. Search Mark Crees. [New writers.] Or if you would like a C.D. recording of this show, send a small padded S.A. envelope plus two 1st. class stamps to: -
Mark Crees, 4, Epworth Close, Truro, TR1 1UP.

Mark Crees is a multi talented teacher and playwright and Jane Moss together with Kath Morgan also runs residential Creative Writing Courses in two beautiful venues in Cornwall.

Please note that the Barbara Scammell Poetry and Prose competition is open to ALL members of Carrick U3A and will be held again this year in September.

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 & Playreading - Falmouth:

 It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of our joint leader Ann Salter who has been running the group since Marjorie Roach retired. She had been ill for some months. Ann was a lovely gentle lady who was very well read and who passed on a great deal of her knowledge to us. We send our condolences to her family.
Unfortunately owing to several members leaving the area the group has had to be disbanded.
June Harris.


2nd Poetry group Falmouth.

Due to holidays etc our dates are changed
Thursday 30th November  we will be enjoying the poetry of Edith Sitwell

Thursday 14th  December a little known poet,,,,to me anyway...Charlotte Perkins Gilman

We meet at 10.15 at a members home. If you wish to find out more contact me:

Bren Button   01326 218904   07931235633


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 <>





June Moore (01326) 618981 for further information on the Falmouth Creative Writing Group


For all activities, please check our Google Calendar to confirm dates, times and location

Richard Allen Groups coordinator