Redditch U3A Poetry Group
Group leader: Sue Smith
This is a group for people who love poetry – and like to share it. We have space for new members if this appeals to you.
Each month, on the second Thursday at 2 pm, we meet in a member’s home to share poems with a pre-arranged theme. We take it in turns to read aloud a poem we have brought along. There is no academic study, though poems often prompt discussion – of the poet, the topic, the style… or of our own reactions and memories.
We usually manage to read five or more poems each, refreshing our voices with a welcome cup of tea and a biscuit at half time. There is always a variety – of poems as well as biscuits! Old favourites vie with new finds, comedy with pathos, strong rhyme and rhythm with free verse. We have a legacy library of poetry books from our much-missed former member, Gus Glanville, so there is always the opportunity to search for poems we haven’t yet encountered – or for old favourites. Many of us also find poems through the internet as well as from Redditch library or our own bookshelves.
Once a year, we are invited by the U3A committee to perform a poetry presentation to the whole group meeting. We rehearse poems threaded together with a narration that tells a story. Recent topics have included A Walk in the Country and The Seven Ages of Man. At this year’s AGM, we shall be going on a poetic tour of London. In 2012, we performed our A Walk in the Country for the local Widows and Friends group and donated our fee to the Alexandra Hospital League of Friends.
We are currently working our way through the alphabet, reading poems by poets whose surname begins with the next letter of the alphabet. You would be very welcome to join us – or just to visit one of our meetings to see whether you would like to join in.
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