EVENTS and COURSES
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
Friday: 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.
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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An RWF Celebration
Sun 18th October – Mon 19th October 2015 at Wortley Hall
The launch of the Sylvia Pankhurst Library On Line Catalogue and Reading Retreat Scheme;
Unveiling the RWF commissioned digital portrait of Raymond Williams, by Stephen Samuel;
Welcoming additions to the library from within the RWF network – notably the pamphlet honouring the Life and Work of Clive Edwards (TUC gold medallist for his contribution to TU education, and RWF trustee).
This special short residential event will run from Sunday lunch-time to Monday morning. It follows immediately on from the Where Now for Women (also supported by RWF grant) and some participants will stay on for the RWF Celebration.
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THE LIBRARY’S RELATION TO ITS COMMUNITY - Raymond Williams click
By Alice Corble click
12.00 onwards Arrival and registration:
13.00 Food and drink available to purchase in the Bar…
14.00 Welcome and introduction to the Sylvia Pankhurst Library Project and potential links with the Working Class Movement Library.
Key-note lecture: The Future of Reading and Public Libraries by Laura Swaffield, Chair of The Library Campaign
15.45 Portrait unveiling
17.00 Seminar Circle discussions on the issues, including a seminar led by Alice Corble (Goldsmith’s)on RW’s Library Association article (1966) on The Library’s Relation to Its Community
19.45 Seminar Circle discussions continued, focusing on practical suggestions for the future of the RWF linked project/s.
21.15 Bar and, maybe, some informal music and poetry...
Monday 19th October
08.30 Breakfast then heading home...
Fee: (subisdized by RWF): £40.00pp (includes all above from 14.00 on, ie dinner, B&B; en suite bedroom, sessions and refreshments)
A limited number of bursaries available: £20.00 pp for anyone in receipt of benefits.
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at the Canolfan Cymry Llundain/London Welsh Centre
157-163 Gray's Inn Road
WC1X 8UE London
KEEPING IT LOCAL: SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY GROUPS
November 19 AGM - 11.15 – 11.45
Open to everyone and followed by Adrian Curtis, Foodbank Network Director of The Trussell Trust 11.45 – 12.30.
ARVAC Conference 1.15 pm to 16.30
Keynote speaker - Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield)
- Getting Started – Research Skills for Community Organisations
- Learning from Governance Pages - (Information on governance and management committees for community groups and small voluntary organisations)
- Experiences of Hope Nottingham
- Using and Working with researchers
The event is free but donations on the day would be hugely appreciated to help meet costs.
Keywords – Class, Status, Work and Aspirational
Friday to Sunday 21- 23 Aug 2015
From 4.00pm onwards on Friday to 2.00pm Sunday at stunning Wortley Hall (www.wortleyhall.org.uk), near Sheffield
This residential will partly follow the pattern of recent RWF events at Wortley Hall and elsewhere. However, this will not feature external expert speakers; there will be a facilitator (Joseph Boughey) for each session, but the progress of discussion will depend on individual participants. 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! The weekend is 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 a new keyword, one of considerable relevance to current political discourse – “aspirational”
Friday 21 March..... 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.
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: (not absolutely necessary)
Raymond Williams Keywords (1976 and 1983)
New Keywords (Edited by Tony Bennett… 2005)
Special fee (subsidized by RWF grant): £110.00 pp (all-in, with en suite bedroom)
Up to four 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. Ring 01538 528178 to arrange.
Maximum enrolment = 15 The weekend will be viable with 8 participants.
Enquiries: Tel 01538 528178
Full programme and timetable will be sent to all who book.
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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 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
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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.
RWF SPECIAL OFFER / GRANT
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: email@example.com).
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have any questions, contact Maggie Washington,
phone: 01538 751848, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org