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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 go to the full groups listing page here.

Book Group: Rethinking Economics — the Great Financial Crash of 2008 unleashed an exciting wave of new thinking about economics and about its relationships 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. 

Current Affairs 2:
A wide-ranging current affairs discussion group with topics agreed on the day, based on major stories in the national press, both print and other media. The emphasis is on learning and the sharing of views rather than argument and the assertion of individual opinions.

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. Details:

Prize Winners Books Group: This will meet monthly to discuss fiction prize winner nominees, or winners, from the last 30 years. We will include in our reading prizes from every country so long as they are available in English. All the books we choose to read will be available in paperback, on kindle and through This group will meet in the coordinator’s home in Stoke Newington and will start in the new year. If you are interested in this new group contact

German Conversation Group:
We hope that we have now found a coordinator to run a second German Conversation group. If you are interested in this new 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


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