We start preparing the coming term program at least mid way through the preceding term. If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers, please contact us.

We have a great program in Term 2, 2018:

A Smorgasbord of Talks

Talks on many varied subjects, with time for  discussion and questions. Topics include:

  • The role of the governor’s wife (or mistress) in early Van Diemen’s Land
  • Creativity and neuropsychology
  • Aboriginal archaeology in the Cygnet area
  • A Tasmanian Requiem
  • The challenges of Journalism in the 21st Century
  • Becoming a novelist
  • How safe is it to be US president?
  • Birds of Tasmania
  • A tour of South America
  • Cygnet’s early history

Book Club

Cygnet U3A book club focuses on themes rather than the same book every month.  Topics for 2018 include Miles Franklin Award winners, mental illness, time travel, and something historical. You choose fiction or non-fiction – any work to illustrate the theme, which is why our meetings are interesting, informative and fun.

Garden & Gourmet

Our very popular Garden and Gourmet program is in recess during term 2 but will be back in term 3.

Mens Forum

The Mens forum meets to discuss any topics of interest, relevance or concern.

Music and Film

A mixture of talks on music, and some films, sometimes both. Sessions for term 2 where you are encouraged to bring along brief examples of music you like include: Burt Bacharach; Dance scenes from the movies; Songs of protest, songs of peace, songs of hope; and TV theme music (and a quiz).

Play Reading

Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime – experience the joys and sorrows of other lives, places and times. You don’t have to have great acting skills – just be able to read, enjoy being entertained and love laughing. Beginners welcome.

Painting with Acrylics (new for this term)

This is a course for beginners or those with a little experience. Each week you will be shown a practical skill like colour mixing or creating textures, and then you have fun putting it into practice

Painting with Watercolours

Learn beginning through to advanced watercolour techniques under the watchful eye of our tutor. You’ll enjoy the discussions, learning new ideas and techniques, and helping others.

Writers Group

We look at various aspects of the novel, non-fiction, memoirs, historical novel, scriptwriting, autobiography, and whatever else the group is interested in.


For more details please read our current program, available on the Program page.

You can see news items and photos of our recent activities on our Facebook page.

If you are presenting a talk for us, there is more information you may need, and details of what we need from you, on our For Presenters page.

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