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Dates for your diary (details on these to follow soon)......
RWF weekend on Europe at WH April 15-17th 2016(with RWF AGM)
DemFest at Gladstone's Library, Fri-Sat 13/14th May 2016

Residential course open to all at
Wortley Hall, Wortley Village, near Sheffield
S35 7DB

keywords logo Keywords Voluntarism & Altruism; Charity and Philanthropy


A weekend of discussion

Friday - Sunday 29–31 January 2016

Facilitator:   Sharon Clancy
– working with Joseph Boughey, RWF KW editor-in-chief, and Phil Guy.

The weekend is the second in a series, based on Raymond Williams’ classic book Keywords and will feature a task that may be fulfilled by the end of the weekend – which is to work on  the keywords, as above, sharing insights on each, and to prepare interpretative commentary on the word voluntarism (modelled on RW in follow-through editing) for posting on the RWF KW project web pages.
 As with sessions in Philosophy in Pubs, or Discussions in Pubs, the aim will be a series of democratic discussions in which all can feel able to take part, although no one need feel that they must!
Overview Programme - detailed programme here
Friday 29 Jan
 Arrival and registration.    From 14.00 hrs on…
17.00 hrs.   Welcome and introductions followed by a warm-up session;    Dinner    18.30
 From then on the discussion circle sessions will last about 90 minutes.   More detailed programme will be available for participants and will be posted on RWF web.
Break times and meal times will be confirmed but are likely to be:     breakfast 08.30;  coffee  11.00;  lunch 13.00;  afternoon tea 16.00;   dinner 18.30.
Heading home on Sunday after lunch…
 Pre-course Reading:
Raymond Williams   Keywords  (1976 and 1983)
New Keywords  (Edited by Tony Bennett…  2005)  
RWF web  -  KW links … 

Definitions Handout
Thought Stimulus
The Current Status of the Voluntary Sector
Special fee (subsidized by RWF grant):  £115.00 pp   (all-in, with en suite bedroom)

Or if you prefer £30 deposit and the Balance of £85 at least three weeks prior to the event.
 Two bursaries available for those in receipt of benefit or any young people, 16 to 25 - with preference given to those who have not been to Wortley before:   £35 only, all-in.
Non-resident (pro rata) from maximum of £60.00 - ring for details
 Maximum enrolment =  15     The weekend will be viable with 8 participants.
 Enquiries:  Tel   01538 528178

New residential course open to all at Wortley Hall, Sheffield  Organised and funded by Raymond Williams Foundation (RWF)

A weekend exploring the work of Tony Harrison, Leeds-born Poet-Playwright

Friday - Sunday 18-20 March 2016

Tony HarrisonFriday:   arrive and registration  17.00 hrs on;   Dinner  18.30.     From then sessions last about 90 minutes.    Break times to be confirmed but likely to be  -  08.30 breakfast;   11.00 coffee;  13.00 lunch; 16.00 tea;  18.30 dinner.
Heading home, after lunch on Sunday.

Through reading and discussion we will sample (and enjoy) some of the immense range of Harrison’s work which includes theatre and television as well as poetry.  We will concentrate on his ‘School of Eloquence’ sonnets about education, class and family,  the controversially- received, ‘V’  and Harrison’s outspoken responses to war in Bosnia and Iraq.   There will be opportunity for course members to introduce poems or samples of other writings by Harrison.

Course tutor: Derek Summers is an experienced tutor and poet.  He has run successful RWF weekends on Dylan Thomas in 2013 and RS Thomas in 2014. His own publications include an anthology with the late Michael Foot, The Foots and the Poets (2010) and a recent collection of poems entitled ‘brevities’. He is active in poetry circles in Oxford.

Pre-course Reading

Tony Harrison Selected Poems, New Edition, Penguin 2013 (earlier editions do not include some of the poems to be discussed).                         …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Special fee: (subsidized by RWF) £122.00pp (all-in with en suite bedroom).
Or if you prefer -  £30 deposit with balance(£92) at least three weeks before the event.
There will be 2 bursaries available for anyone in receipt of benefits or young people between 16 and 24.The fee for recipients will be £35.00pp. Priority will be given to those who have not received earlier RWF bursaries.

Non-resident (pro rata) from maximum of £60.00

Maximum number = 15 course participants.


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Residential course open to all at
Wortley Hall, Wortley Village, near Sheffield
S35 7DB

EU mapThe Future of the EU and Europe

Friday to Sunday 15 – 17, April 2016
From 4.00pm onwards on Friday to 2.00pm Sunday

Key-note Lecture,  Friday evening: 
Raymond Williams' Resources of Hope:
From radical compensation to ecosocialist emancipation
by Derek Wall,
Economist,  Writer, International Co-ordinator for The Green Party.

  Raymond Williams pioneered many of the aspects of radical social critique that give us the most hope in the 21st century.  He wrote about 'Socialism and Ecology' published in 1982, helping to promote a green left and ecosocialist politics.  'Socialism and Ecology' was part of a collection of his essays entitled  'Resources for Hope.'  He argued that 'To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing.'  So how in 2016 can Raymond Williams subtle and complex ideas about culture and politics, help us achieve necessary change.  While the right in the form of David Cameron and other neoliberal leaders appear strong, movements for change from the Latin American left to new forces in Europe are growing.  How can Williams' thought be renewed to strengthen these challenges, with special reference to the EU debate?

There will be another plenary session, a forum with speakers from participants on the weekend giving the case for ‘In’ or ‘Out’ inc. a review of DiEM25.  In addition seminar discussion of relevant YouTube viewings:  Varoufakis;  Chomsky and others.

The EU Referendum – an up-date and views on this;  Displacing Neoliberalism – The Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (or DiEM25);  Migrant Communities – the European challenge;   In ‘Towards 2000’ (1983) Williams saw the  feminist, peace and ecology ‘new social’ movements as agencies for social and revolutionary change – a review of the potential now for each in selected European countries;   Nations, nationalism and regionalism;  Podemos and Syriza;  KW workshop/s: ‘Internationalism’,  Ecology& ‘Socialism’;  Co-operatives working…;  Isolating the extreme-right through tactical voting and other strategies;  Radical informal education across the Continent, for example PiPs and IWCE;  Extending digital democracy; Transnational TU collaboration… 
Cultural issues – readings and performance.

Plus late night music and poetry...
The RWF AGM will take place on Saturday Detailed programme available in February, sent to all participants and available on RWF website. 

All-in (subsidized) fee  -  only £105.00pp,  includes en suite bedroom, all meals, refreshments and all sessions.   

If you prefer deposit £30 with Balance of £75 at least 3 weeks before the event

There will be several bursaries available at £25 for those in receipt of benefits, and younger adults (16 – 24).

 Non-residents welcome.  Fee:  £25.00 for all sessions plus tea/coffee but note meals paid for in the Bar;  or pro rata, depends when you come and go..    Any queries or questions:    Phone:  0161 4779376


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This event organised in partnership with or links to:   Philosophy in Pubs (PiPs),   WEA;  Discussions in Pubs (DiPs);    Sci-bars;  openDemocracy,     38 degrees

pile of booksWMC LITERATURE WEEKENDS 2015-16

Continuing a long tradition of Literature weekends, WMC Literature draws people from far and wide for weekends of discussion and study under the guidance of a tutor.

A typical weekend will focus on one or two books which we have read in advance. The tutor brings information about authors, context and themes, and a tutor-led discussion follows. Each weekend may be attended as a stand-alone course.

We meet at Shallowford House, a pleasant rural location, 5 miles from Stafford and 3 miles from Junction 14 on the M6. There are 25 bedrooms, mainly en suite, meeting rooms and a bar. (Shallowford House, Shallowford, Stone, ST15 0NZ)

You can find the programme here

You can find the booking form here

Residential rate: £98 (but see SPECIAL OFFER below) – includes tuition and full board.
Non-residential rate: £76 – includes tuition and all meals except breakfast.
Deposit: £30 per weekend, non-returnable. Balance due 4 weeks in advance.

Please send deposits for the 2015 weekends by 1st August and for the 2016 weekends by 6th December.

A number of places are available for £40 for those aged 18 to 40 thanks to the Raymond Williams Foundation. The Raymond Williams Foundation will also look favourably on anyone outside this age range who applies for a grant to enable them to attend. To apply, contact Jean Lowthian (Phone: 07952 799783 e-mail:

If you have any questions, contact Maggie Washington,
phone: 01538 751848, e-mail:


Patron: Peter Hennessy

Founded in 1996, the club challenges the commercialisation & isolation of modern life.
We meet monthly on Saturday evening.

‘Fellowship is life & the lack of fellowship is death’. William Morris


At Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ 7.30pm Buffet (bring something if you can) 8.00pm Talk & discussion till 10pm

Travel & Access

Stratford stations & 257 bus Leytonstone tube (exit left) & 257/W14 bus Overground: Leytonstone High Rd, turn right, short walk

Disabled access, car park, bikes can be brought in, quiet children welcome. You can phone to confirm the talk will be as shown. Meetings open to all - just turn up. Enquiries 0208 555 5248 Free entry: voluntary donations welcome

‘The club is a real beacon of light.’ Peter Cormack