READING & WRITING:

 

 Click here to read the booklet of entries   for the the Barbara
Scammell and Tony Herring Memorial Competition. 

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 are now meeting at the Princess Pavilion. The next book we are going to discuss is The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

Last time we discussed Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. A compelling read but very hard to classify, as the the subject is euthenasia and romance!

Before I Go to Sleep by S JWatson. All except one thought it was a very good read but perhaps not something to read last thing at night!

Other books we have read recently have been:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Quiet American- Graham Greene

and

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C.Beaton



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Reading Group 1

The September book choice of the Truro reading Group was ‘MELODY’ by Jim Crace

JIM CRACE was born in Hertfordshire in 1946.
He was brought up in London and read English Literature at London University.
He began writing in 1974 after working abroad with The V.S.O and sixteen years as a journalist and foreign correspondent.
He is widely regarded as an highly innovative and original writer. He has written twelve novels  which have all been awarded literary prizes. The eleventh novel ‘Harvest’ was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize. He had intended it to be his last novel, but ‘Melody’ was published in 2018.

The inspiration for writing this  strange and thought-provoking book came when he was staying in a hotel in India. He wrote about what he saw from his hotel widow.’ The waste bins were being raided and knocked over by mammals - And those mammals were cats, dogs and humans,’

 He has a powerful ability to create imaginary worlds and landscapes. These worlds are often teasing or troubling parallels to the world we inhabit. Crace addresses the vital and essential themes of everyday life and in this sense, he is a powerful political writer.

In ’Melody’ he creates a totally believable Mediterranean Sea side town where the ageing widower Busi lives in his decaying family home, alone, except for his piano and his memories of a happy marriage.
The ‘melody’ in the book is created by the sound of the Persian bells that hang by the larder door. They ring whenever his wife, Alicia goes down for a midnight snack. Busi hears the bells again when the ‘raider’ comes in from outside, and he is attacked. But there is also a larger bell, a campanello that Alicia brought back from their honeymoon in Venice. It is inscribed ‘ Whoever strikes me, hears my voice.’
Busi tries in vain to compose a song based on the sound of the Persian bells.This could be an allusion to his waning creativity.

A powerful theme of grief, loneliness  and enduring love pervades the book.
He explores the themes of poverty and hunger. He exposes the exploitation by the press to influence public attitudes, especially towards the poor by fanning the flames of the ancient rumour  that there were primitive ‘neanderthals’ still living in the woods. He also portrays the violation of our environment in search of progress by getting rid of ‘unwanted’ trees and people.

The cast of characters are vividly displayed. Alfred Busi, his scheming sister in law and her son, the obnoxious developer Pencillon, and the journalist aptly named ‘Soubriquet’. Busi is befriended by the narrator who is a mysterious young man, together with a delightful young girl who come to live near him.

In the ending the Persian bells are hung in Poverty Park where they leave the remains of their lavish feast [ironically provided by the developer Pencillon ] to feed the animals in the woods. The larger bell is also used symbolically to call them to the feast.
Alicia visits the larder once more ‘ Above us, Alicia is standing at the larder door. We hear the timber creak, then we hear the Persian bells, betraying her a final time. They play the song that still has not discovered words.’

Reading Group 2

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

Creative Writing

TRURO CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

We have managed to continue meeting using zoom but now we have reverted to meeting in a member’s home. She has a large , well ventilated room and we would welcome new members.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month. We attempt to write a short piece on a given subject each month, and we discuss each other’s efforts, often accompanied by much laughter. We are a relaxed and friendly small group.
Examples of our work can be read in the Carrick Argus, where we attempt to submit two pieces each month. If you want to receive the Argus, which is an excellent extension of the monthly Newsletter, contact Sue Hutt at sueandray21@btinternet.com
If you are interested in joining the Truro Creative Writing Group contact Brenda Burgess at brendaburgess19@gmail.com.

Here are the results of the writing competition:

 

COMPETITION RESULTS 2020

FICTION.
1ST PRIZE TONY BARBER ' PROBLEM SOLVED'
2ND PRIZE DAVE NEALE 'WORST MEAL EVER'

HIGHLY COMMENDED. JOCK TURNHAM. 'TWO TONE AND THE DIP'
JANET ZORO 'SILENT LETTER'

NON FICTION.
1ST PRIZE SHEILA HUTCHINS. 'CANDLE ICE'
2ND PRIZE IAN SEARLE 'UNKNOWN HERITAGE'
HIGHLY COMMENDED. MAUREEN WOODHOUSE 'WHAT MY GARDEN MEANS TO ME'
ELEANOR HOLLAND 'A PROJECT FOR LOCKDOWN'

 

POETRY
1ST PRIZE TONY BARBER. 'SONNET TO A MARRIAGE'
2ND PRIZE. JEAN ANDERSON. 'DAY AT ST AGNES' HIGHLY
COMMENDED also JEAN ANDERSON. 'BUZZARDS CRY'
IAN SEARLE. 'PERSONA'

          Click here to read the booklet of entries        

Brenda Burgess brendaburgess19@gmail.com

Falmouth: Mike Robson is the person to contact on 01872 863 085    mikerobson26@googlemail.com                   

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.


Our 3rd Thursday  afternoon meetings are continuing to be informative,  learning more about poets and  their poetry, also a  social
time. Members continuing to happily host in their homes, observing current social regulations.

18th November - W.J.Yeats

16th December- Christmas poems and prose invoking memories of Christmas

If you are interested to join our group contact me 



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 wendym.falmouth@hotmail.com third Monday at 2.00pm. Contact Wendy for any further information and location.

 

PLAYREADING


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 <chrisbrea6@yahoo.co.uk>

 

 

 


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

Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator