In the academic year of 1982/83, students and lecturers of evening and day-time literature classes – organized by what was then the University of London’s Extra-Mural Department – founded a Literature Association which they named ‘ULEMLA’.  The first lecture was given in May 1983, and soon a pattern of seven talks per year being given by a variety of academics, writers, actors, etc was established.  In the early 1990s the Extra-Mural Department became part of Birkbeck, University of London, and ULEMLA is now available for everyone with an interest in literature to join – and bring their friends along to our meetings.  Details of the 2015/2016 programme are on that webpage, which you can select from the menu above.  Our President is Emeritus Professor Warren Chernaik.

The main function of ULEMLA is to provide opportunities for anyone with an interest in literature to attend talks on literary topics and to join in discussions about prose, drama, poetry and related arts.  A year’s membership is £20, or each lecture is £5 for non-membersImmediately after the December talk, we hold a Christmas party (for which tickets are sold in the autumn term) so that members have a chance to socialize and discuss the talks they’ve heard that year.  Many of the calendar-year’s speakers attend the Christmas party as our guests.  We also have an affordable annual outing each May to a place of literary interest.

ULEMLA meetings take place on Saturdays, usually at 2.30pm in Birkbeck College’s main building. However, in December, the talk is at 11am, followed by the Christmas party, (see further details on the “2017/2018 Programme” page).  Names of speakers and titles of talks for the spring and summer terms are announced on the website, at the autumn and spring meetings, and in the February News Letter – which you may receive if you write to my e-mail address: lindsay@lindsaycmartin.co.uk.

We hope that you will join ULEMLA, and tell your friends and other literature enthusiasts about us.  To become a member, e-mail lesley.rose1@btinternet.com.  You may prefer to join at your first meeting, or simply come as a guest at first.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

Lindsay Martin, Chairperson