A group of Joyceans has been meeting for courses on Joyce for several years now at U3A Melbourne City. They’ve steadily grown in number and intensity of commitment over the years, easily adding new members to the fold and reading Ulysses and the earlier fiction ever more slowly. Some members of the group are keen to have a shot at reading Finnegans Wake collectively. It’s a group with a good grounding in Joyce, with multiple languages (which has to be useful for reading the WAKE), various backgrounds (science, engineering, law, history, Irish history, medicine, social work, teaching, music, and many other kinds of expertise), but joined by a love of Joyce. The understanding is that this is not a course, but a reading group, a tentative foray into this notoriously opaque novel, and that it is testing the waters for a continuing group. The plan is to tackle small sections (a page or two at most) in any one session, but to mine it in a variety of ways. The group meets for 8 weeks on Fridays at 10am for 2 hours, beginning 7 Oct. If you wish to enrol, you need to be a member of U3A, and this membership opens up a range of courses to you. Enquiries to U3A on 03 9639 5209.