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The development of new groups depends entirely on the talents and creativity of Islington U3A members. We welcome considered proposals for new groups and will help you research them to see if there is a core of interest amongst iU3A members.

New Groups Now Launched
The following new groups are now fully operational. For details of any of them then go to the full groups listing page here.

Scottish Country Dancing  if you are interested in joining this new group which meets on the first Tuesday of the month, contact

Folk and World Music Concerts - this group will aim initially for one folk/world concert visit every 4-6 weeks, to venues such as Kings Place, Union Chapel and Cecil Sharp House as well as larger halls. Concerts normally take place in the evening. If you are interested in joining this group please contact

Memoir Writing  - this group will explore and practise the writing of memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, family or group histories, etc., a form of writing which perhaps appeals more to us as we grow older and begin to reflect on our lives and times and those of our families or associates. If you are interested in joining this group please contact

Wine Appreciation - this group will meet in an informal friendly environment to discuss and enjoy wine. If you are interested in joining this group contact

Future Groups
At present we have a few specific proposals for new groups. All have significant interest from members and so are close to launch. But each requires a few more members to be sure that the group is viable in the longer term. More details:

Book Group: Rethinking Economics - the Great Financial Crash of 2008 unleashed an exciting wave of new thinking about economics and about its relationship with politics and with society. As a result it is becoming clearer again that economics is not a science, it is a contested arena. In this book group we will explore the most interesting of this wave of new thinking, reading books or articles chosen by group members and considering their implications for today’s politics.  If you would like to join this group contact

Book Group: Modern Russian Literature in translation - this group will explore developments in Russian literature from the 1917 Revolution within and outside the borders of the Soviet Union through to the end of the Soviet period and beyond. Emphasis will be on prose and on fiction. If you would like to join this group contact

Possible Other New Groups
If you have a proposal for a new group that you would be interested in developing, please let us know. We are very ready to discuss all new ideas and to help develop proposals to put to the membership to gauge interest. We will do our best to help and can, for example, facilitate an exploratory meeting. If you have a proposal that you would like to take forward, contact

We know there are still a number of members who'd like to join a second German Conversation Group and we are actively looking for a volunteer who speaks German fluently and would be willing to coordinate such a group. If you may be interested in doing so please contact


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