What do you want not to be on your own with?
The 42 group is a thriving community of people who meet to talk about—yes—life, the universe and everything. We start with poems to get us into whatever we’re talking about, and then let the discussion take us where it will.
We meet once a month—the second Wednesday—at the Castle Street Community Centre in Kendal, in the evening. The poems-and-discussion bit kicks off at 7, though some of us come earlier to get a cup of tea, and check in with each other. There’s always a cake break about 8 (home-made vegan things are available too), and always a great mix of poems. I bring one to get us started, and everyone else is welcome to bring whatever they thought of in relation to that month’s topic—or just to bring themselves. (We’re never short of material!) Some people talk, some people listen; some attend regularly, some bob in and out. It’s about having a shared space and time where we can mull on what it is to be human.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 13th November when we’ll be looking at visions and re-visions; other topics we’ve chosen for the year include childhood and the impact of nurture, flowers, islands and acceptance. There’s always room for new ideas: just bring your suggestion for a topic to the group. As well as this, we’ll be making our group advent calendar, with a poem to read every day of advent. This year our theme is winter. So, lots to look forward to.
Looking even further ahead, we’ll be meeting on 11th December, 8th January, 12th February, 11th March, 8th April, 13th May and 10th June.
Practical stuff: It’s £9 for a session, or £32 if you book for a term in advance (that’s four meetings).
If you want to give it a try, come along—it might be for you, or it might not. No commitment, no pressure. Contact me if you’d like to know any more, or just turn up and see. It’d be great to have you there.