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EVENTS and COURSES


 

The North: governance, community and culture


A weekend school looking at the potential for a self-governing North
(The Hannah Mitchell Foundation,  with The Raymond Williams Foundation)
RMT Education Centre, Doncaster

July 18-20 2014


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Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration and Re-Appraisal

Wortley Hall

Residential at Doncaster RMT Education Centre Friday - Sunday 27 – 29 June 2014

£110.00pp, all-in with en suite bedroom

Much of Dylan Thomas's work enjoys an enduring popularity and his life has become the stuff of legend. In his own period he was lionised by some but also subject to harsh criticism and mealy-mouthed acknowledgement by elements of the literary-academic establishment. This residential weekend course aims to share and illuminate the delights of his best writing whilst examining some of the more problematic work. We will also attempt to locate Thomas as an English language Welsh poet writing chiefly in the 1940's. Original recordings of reading will be used where possible.

Course tutor: Derek Summers has taught poetry in further and adult education for 40 years. His 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.

The programme will include....

Locating Dylan Thomas: range, focus, identity
Childhood, treated in Prose and Poetry
Poetic life in 'Heaven' and darker places
Llaregyb and other places
'Dazzling obscurity'. A closer look at some of Thomas's denser writing

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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 2013-14

Every year, WMC Literature organises six weekends of discussion and study, under the guidance of a tutor, a format which has been running successfully for over 20 years. Each weekend may be attended as a stand-alone course.

Typically, a weekend concentrates on two books which have been read in advance. They are usually novels, but non-fiction, poetry and drama are sometimes chosen. 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.

2013-2014 PROGRAMME

7-8 September 2013 THE DARKLY COMPLEX TUDOR WORLD
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
A Man for All Seasons script of play by Robert Bolt
Although most of the weekend will be spent on Wolf Hall, the way the texts present Thomas More will be compared in one session.
The film version of A Man for All Seasons will be shown late on Saturday evening.

The tutor, 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.

5-6 October 2013 GOLDSMITH AND JOHNSON
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
Rasselas by Samuel Johnson

The tutor, 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) and is currently 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.

16-17 November 2013 THE NINETEEN-FORTIES
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Selected poetry from the period (copies will be provided).

The tutor, 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 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 book on Martin Amis for the Northcote House/British Council 'Writers and Their Work' series, and a book on the representation of youth subcultures in post-war and contemporary British fiction.

11-12 January 2014 "THE DARKLING THRUSH": THOMAS HARDY'S
ELEGIES FOR LOST LIVES AND LOVES.

The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
A selection of Hardy's poetry (copies will be provided).

The tutor, Dr Jill Allaway, is a freelance academic editor, proof-reader, writer and teacher. She has taught English Literature at Huddersfield, Keele and Salford Universities.

8-9 February 2014 EIGHTEENTH CENTURY WOMEN TRAVELLERS
The Turkish Embassy Letters by Lady Wortley Montagu
Letters written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft
(Oxford World's Classics)
The tutor, 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 (forthcoming Anthem Press), Gamle Norge: Nineteenth Century British Women Travellers and Norway.

8-9 March 2014 KIPLING'S POETRY AND PROSE
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
A selection of Kipling's verse (copies will be provided).
The tutor, Dr Jerome de Groot, teaches English Literature at the University of Manchester. His research interests include the 17th Century and modern British fiction. He is the author of Royalist Identities (2004) and Consuming History (2008). He is currently writing a study of the historical novel.

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LOCATION
Shallowford House, Shallowford, Stone, ST15 0NZ
This is in 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.

PAYMENT
Residential rate: £95 – includes tuition, tea on arrival, 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.
Cheques payable to Barlaston Literature Group

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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