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Literature and Creative Writing

Calling all lovers of the English language. Whether you want to start writing your memoirs or you would like to discover more about great poets, we have a course to suit you.

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Creative Writing: Who Do You Think You Are?

Creative Writing: Who Do You Think You Are?

COURSE No. 128

TUTOR: Geraldine Gent

This course is suitable for previous attendees and newcomers alike. As a continuation from last year, the tutor will present further poems by William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney while introducing you to a selection of writing from Roddy Doyle and Paula Meehan. This, together with back copies of The Sunday Times Magazine's, 'A Life in the Day' interview will form a...

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Larkin about with Hardy

Larkin about with Hardy

New for 2020

COURSE No. 129

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

Thomas Hardy and Philip Larkin, two of the best-loved poets in English literature, complement each other beautifully. For many years, revered as a novelist only, Hardy's poetry is now highly regarded. His present reputation owes much to Larkin's advocacy. Both writers were melancholic, even misogynistic and yet produced some of the most heart-stopping love poetry of all time. They were both extremely...

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How to Write for Magazines and Newspapers

How to Write for Magazines and Newspapers

New for 2020

COURSE No. 130

TUTOR: Tony Padman

Have you read articles in newspapers, magazines or newsletters and wished that you could not only write like that but get paid to do so? On this practical course for beginners, you will discover the basic skills needed to write news and features from a professional Fleet Street journalist. You will explore how these stories begin and finally end up on...

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Much Ado About Shakespeare: Love, Comedy and the Meaning of Life

Much Ado About Shakespeare: Love, Comedy and the Meaning of Life

COURSE No. 131

TUTOR: Lauraine Klugman

On this course, play reading may lead to role playing, maybe hesitantly, maybe with panache! Your backdrop is Shakespeare's universal portrayals of love and doubt, joy and foolishness, friendship and gulling, jealousy, rivalry, hatred, cruelty and murderous envy. Extracts are provided from Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet. Offstage and uninvited, Hamlet may wait...

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The Prelude: Growth of a Poet's Mind by William Wordsworth

The Prelude: Growth of a Poet's Mind by William Wordsworth

New for 2020

COURSE No. 132

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

A sublime poem by the great Romantic, The Prelude is an autobiographical work, which evolves from Wordsworth's metaphor that life is a journey whose end is 'to arrive where we started'. The epic blank verse has universal themes, including love, joy, fear, 'spots of time' and how childhood shapes the way we perceive the world. The poet moves from his depression at...

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The Language of Dreams

The Language of Dreams

New for 2020

COURSE No. 133

TUTOR: Tessa Strickland

'We are such stuff as dreams are made on', writes Shakespeare in The Tempest. For centuries, societies the world over have paid respectful attention to dreams. Join the tutor, a psychotherapist, to explore dreams in art and literature, from ancient times to the present day and within the healing arts. In a safe, supportive and confidential space, you will look at the...

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Creative Writing: Quick Fiction

Creative Writing: Quick Fiction

New for 2020

COURSE No. 134

TUTOR: Geraldine Gent

Quick Fiction, sometimes known as Flash Fiction, is a very short piece of writing of around 300 words. It could just be a written image, a memory or perhaps a thought that has been on your mind for a while. As a starting point for writing your own Quick Fiction, you will be turning to your favourite literary characters for inspiration....

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Poetry Appreciation: A National Poetry Day Anthology

Poetry Appreciation: A National Poetry Day Anthology

New for 2020

COURSE No. 135

TUTOR: Julia Pritchard

On this course, you will be delving into Tell Me the Truth About Life, the official collection to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day. One of the strengths of this anthology is that there is something for everybody, whether you are experienced or new to poetry. Selected by a wide range of famous and unknown people and curated by Cerys...

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Homer's Odyssey: More than Men, Monsters, Witches and Gods

Homer's Odyssey: More than Men, Monsters, Witches and Gods

New for 2020

COURSE No. 136

TUTOR: Susan Brockman

The Odyssey is a work of Western literature that almost everyone knows something about but few have actually read. Odysseus' escape from the Cyclops, his surviving the deadly call of the Sirens and Penelope's tricking of her suitors have become part of our common culture. The Odyssey is a foundational work. Yet, what does it have to say to the modern reader?...

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How to Write Poems that Matter

How to Write Poems that Matter

New for 2020

COURSE No. 137

TUTOR: Rosie Jackson

As Mayou Angelou once said, 'Poetry can tell us what human beings are. It can tell us why we stumble and fall and how, miraculously, we can stand up'. Through inspiring examples and exciting exercises, this course will give you a taste of the best and most uplifting contemporary poetry and help you develop your own writing voice and practice. You will...

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Writing Your Own Memoir

Writing Your Own Memoir

COURSE No. 138

TUTOR: Rosie Jackson

In the words of T.S. Eliot, 'We had the experience, but missed the meaning.' Writing your own story is a wonderfully healing and fulfilling process. Whether it is for your family, publication or just for yourself, a memoir can help make sense of your experience and provide an opportunity to reflect on the deeper meaning of your life. On this safe, supportive...

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Second Time Around: Three Plays about Marriage

Second Time Around: Three Plays about Marriage

New for 2020

COURSE No. 139

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

Comedy, tragedy and tragicomedy. Who could ask for anything more? During this course, you will read together as a group, August Strindberg's Creditors as translated by Howard Brenton, NoŽl Coward's Private Lives and After the Dance by Terence Rattigan. These plays, written between 1888 and 1939, are a classical portrayal of secrets, lies, seduction, power and passion. To enrich your reading, you...

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