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About Wokingham Literary Society

The Society was founded in 1955 by Mr John Chapman, a civil servant working in London, who gave his leisure time unsparingly to the cultural and civic life of Wokingham.

The first printed programme was dated 1956-7 and shows the annual subscription of 5 shillings per year. The Society has continued in existence without a break since then.

Today, the core of the programme is a series of Thursday evening meetings, running from September to May, when talks are given by members or guest speakers. The talks are given on literary topics of general interest – sometimes on a single author or poet; at other times on a specific them. Refreshments are available, followed by questions and discussions which are informal and lively.

There are also several other activities which members can take part in: play readings, theatre visits, poetry readings and book groups.

We continue to meet informally through the summer for discussion on literary topics and social events.