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21st Century Democracy - Participation Now

Wortley Hall

There was a hugely positive response to this latest Wortley Hall experience.   Click for full evaluation...

Raymond Williams Foundation (RWF) residential based on OU/openDemocracy Participation Now project (see websites for details) at stunning Wortley Hall, near Sheffield
Fri-Sunday 28 – 30th November 2014.
From 4.00pm onwards on Friday to 2.00pm Sunday.
Participants can arrive at Wortley Hall, S35 7DB, any time from 2.30pm onwards

This special programme will follow the pattern of successful discussion-based events at
Wortley Hall (www.wortleyhall.org.uk) and other venues over recent years.

Key-note Lecturers: Dr Nick Mahoney - OU/oD project co-ordinator , Department of Politics and International Studies - will signpost Work in Progress & OU online learning potential...

Sharon Clancy - former Head of Community Partnerships, Nottingham University and currently researching radical adult education in residential colleges, on Public Engagement and the Big Society

Dr Lisa Mckenzie - Fellow, Department of Sociology, LSE on Social and Democratic Exclusion on Estates in Bristol and Nottingham

More info and to book this course


 

A FEAST OF MUSIC
WEEKEND COURSES AT SHALLOWFORD HOUSE

Shallowford House

See the full exciting programme for 2014-15 here

The total cost of each course, including full board and lecturer's fee is £230.00.
Please contact Gerald Seaman for more information and to make a booking.


 

WMC LITERATURE WEEKENDS 2014-15

Every year, WMC Literature organises six weekends of discussion and study, under the guidance of a tutor. Each weekend may be attended as a stand-alone course.

Typically, a weekend concentrates on one or two books which have been read in advance. The tutor brings information about authors, context and themes, and a tutor-led discussion follows.

The course begins late on Saturday afternoon, with a second session after dinner. There are two further sessions on Sunday morning, with a break for coffee, and the course concludes with Sunday lunch.

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 bar.  Shallowford House, Shallowford, Stone, ST15 0NZ

 

2014-2015 PROGRAMME

13-14 September 2014                                                        Tutor: Nick Seager

EARLY EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY SATIRE

Saturday evening film: The Beggar's Opera

We will look at two key works from the golden age of English satire. Both had immediate political targets, but the satire is by turns particular and general, savage and gentle, misanthropic and reformative. Join us to explore how satire worked in Georgian England.

1-2 November 2014                                                      Tutor: Jerome de Groot

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY HUMOUR

This session will look at satire and strategies of humour in some key eighteenth-century writers. In particular we will be look at the bleak misanthropic verse of Jonathan Swift, the sparkling wit of Alexander Pope, and Laurence Sterne's comic masterpiece Tristram Shandy.

6-7 December 2014                                                            Tutor: Nick Bentley

DYLAN THOMAS CENTENARY WEEKEND

To mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth this weekend will discuss some of his most famous works as well as some of his less well known. The sessions will focus on Under Milk Wood, with close reading and listening of selected passages, and some of the shorter poems from across his sparkling but evanescent writing career.

10-11 January 2015                                                           Tutor: Derek Tatton

SHAKESPEARE: FROM THE SONNETS TO THE MAN

Saturday evening film: Shakespeare in Love

Not required reading, but recommended: Shakespeare – The Biography Peter Ackroyd and/or 2 novels The Secret Life of William Shakespeare J. Morgan; Dark Aemilia S. O'Reilly.

The paradox of Shakespeare, known throughout the world yet much of his life is still a mystery. We will use close reading to engage with the Sonnets and what they say about their author. Is it necessary for us to have knowledge of Shakespeare's life and times to fully appreciate the Sonnets?

14-15 February 2015                                                    Tutor: Kate Walchester

GENRES OF ROMANCE: AUSTEN AND INCHBALD

Mansfield Park (1814) by Jane Austen focuses on the upbringing and romantic adventures of Fanny Price. Central to the plot is the theatrical performance of our other text for the weekend, Lovers' Vows (1798), by Elizabeth Inchbald. This weekend focuses on the themes of romance, theatre and social status.

21-22 March 2015                                                             Tutor: Nick Bentley

COSMOPOLITAN TALES

During this weekend we will look at the multicultural and cosmopolitan nature of contemporary Britain as represented in Zadie Smith's NW and poetry by Kay, Johnson and Nagra. Topics we will consider will include migration narratives; the multi-ethnic make-up of Britain; experiences of racism; and the literary language used to express cross-national identities.

THE TUTORS

Dr Nick Seager is Lecturer in English at Keele University. He works on literature from 1660 to 1830 and has published essays on Bunyan, Defoe, Swift, Richardson, and Goldsmith. He is the author of The Rise of the Novel: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Currently he is working on a book called Daniel Defoe and the History of Fictional Form and an edition of Samuel Johnson's Life of Mr. Richard Savage.

Dr Jerome de Groot teaches English Literature at the University of Manchester. He works on the 17th Century and modern British fiction. He is the author of Royalist Identities (2004), Consuming History (2008) and The Historical Novel (2009).

Dr Nick Bentley is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Keele University. His research interests include post-war British fiction, postcolonial writing and literary theory. He is author of Martin Amis (Northcote House, 2014); Contemporary British Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2008); Radical Fictions: The English Novel in the 1950s (Peter Lang, 2007); and editor of British Fiction of the 1990s (Routledge, 2005). He is currently working on a guide to the literary criticism of contemporary British fiction (Palgrave, 2015), and a book on the representation of youth subcultures in post-war and contemporary British fiction.

Dr Derek Tatton has taught adult courses for the WEA, Cambridge, Keele and the OU; was Warden/Principal at Wedgwood Memorial College from 1979, organising and teaching WEA/Keele Tutorial Literature weekends until his retirement. Since then, he has continued a similar involvement as Administrator of the Raymond Williams Foundation.

Dr Kate Walchester lectures at Liverpool John Moores University. She is author of 'Our Own Fair Italy': Nineteenth Century Women's Travel Writing and Italy 1800-1844 (Peter Lang, 2007), as well as a number of essays on travel writing and nineteenth-century women's writing for journals such as Nineteenth-Century Contexts and The Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies. She is currently finishing a book on nineteenth-century women travellers in Norway (Anthem Press), Gamle Norge: Nineteenth Century British Women Travellers and Norway.

TIMETABLE

Saturday Arrival and tea from 4 pm. First session 4.45 pm. Dinner at 6.30 pm, followed by the second session, after which the bar will open.
Sunday Breakfast 8.30 am. Third session  9.30 am. Coffee 11am. Fourth session 11.20 am. Lunch 1.00 pm.

PAYMENT
Residential rate: £95 – includes tuition, tea, dinner, bed, breakfast, coffee and Sunday lunch.
Non-residential rate: £74 – as above but without bed and breakfast.
Deposit: £30 per weekend, non-returnable. Balance due 4 weeks in advance.

Please send deposits for the 2014 weekends by 1st August and for the 2015 weekends by 6th December.

GRANT

Anyone needing a grant may apply to the Raymond Williams Foundation. A simple application form is available from: www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk

FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have any questions, contact Maggie Washington,

phone: 01538 751848, e-mail: chris.washington@btinternet.com

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