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Foreign Languages: Reading Latin for Beginners

Discover the joy of studying Latin with a supportive tutor in a group of like-minded students. If you have covered the grammar required for GCSE and would like to begin to study Latin literature independently, this is the course for you. • consolidate and extend the grammar required for GCSE to meet the needs of reading Latin literature • translate, discuss and evaluate extracts from Virgil's Aeneid and Caesar's Gallic Wars. Don't worry if you feel rusty: you will have all the support and encouragement you need to experience the pleasure and satisfaction of embarking on the journey of reading Latin.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
11:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Tutor:
Penelope Fewster
Course code:
Q00012454
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £111.00

Literature: Dickens and the struggles of life

For Charles Dickens, writing and worrying went hand in hand. His books were knitted together out of his own anxieties and struggles. And yet, despite the weight of all these worries, his novels are never depressing. To read Dickens is to glimpse the possibilities of new life. We all probably intend to read Dickens ‘one day.’ We all know his characters from various films and TV adaptations, so perhaps the time has finally come to get stuck into a major work. On this eight-week course we will read ‘Little Dorrit.’ We will also study some of Dickens's essays, short stories, and letters. You may already be a Dickens enthusiast, or a complete newcomer to his work. Either way, I hope that you will join us to explore a writer whose books still have the power to move and enlighten us today.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 29/02/2024 -
Thu 02/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Krowji (Redruth)
West Park
Redruth
TR15 3AJ
Tutor:
Mark Crees
Course code:
Q00013086
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Literature: Late Winter and the return of light

The course will explore two novels which, although very different in approach, are examples of the different ways in which writers seek to represent a contemporary of historical moment. The authors of both these texts have chosen to write about an era some decades before their own and we shall look at the time and pace in which each was produced and its relationship to the world represented. In each case we shall examine the techniques used by the authors in their creation of character, place and contemporary beliefs and behaviours.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/03/2024 -
Mon 04/03/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Newcastle Quaker Meeting House (Newcastl
West Avenue
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 4ES
Tutor:
Clare Jackson
Course code:
Q00014324
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Literature: Reading and Enjoying Great Writers

Calling all readers who have always wanted to read classic literary fiction, but don’t have time. We will probe, praise, parody, and generally know a lot more about great books. The course will remove the fear factor for participants who may have been hesitant to attack thick volumes of great literature. The sessions will enable students to decide what they like, and what writers they are less in tune with. Sessions that will be fun, intriguing, and informative. We will explore fascinating questions, such as: • What is Realism? • What is Magical Realism? • Why did Mantel win two Booker prizes? This course welcomes all those who are curious and enjoy reading.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 13/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
2 sessions
Tutor:
Vanwy Arif
Course code:
Q00011917
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £14.80

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Literature: Fierce Tears - A Day With Dylan Thomas

On this course you will become acquainted with the life and work of a writer considered to be one of the nation’s literary giants. We will touch upon some of his best works while looking into his personal life and the context surrounding his infamous literature. Located in a safe and friendly environment, this class is a great way to learn something new and socialise with others.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 08/03/2024 -
Fri 08/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Lawrence Parish Rooms (Winchester)
Colebrook Street
Winchester
SO23 9LH
Tutor:
Victoria Ramsay
Course code:
Q00009651
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £35.00

Care 2 Find Out About Before Bridgerton : The World of Georgette Heyer and Her Legacy

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. All romantic fiction owers a debt to Georgette Hayer, join me in the comfort of your own home to find out about her life, her work and her influences.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 11/03/2024 -
Mon 01/04/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00012216
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Literature: Irish Short Stories in the Twentieth Century.

This five week course will explore five stories from the rich tradition of twentieth century short fiction in Ireland. These are.: Grace - James Joyce, First Conjugation - Julia O’Faolain. Gold Watch -John McGahern, That Dark Accomplice -John Montague Secrets -Bernard McLaverty. Each session will explore the author’s life and their text and place both in the historical context of Ireland in the twentieth century. Each text will be provided on Canvas, so there is no need to purchase texts.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 02/04/2024 -
Tue 30/04/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Stephen Smith
Course code:
Q00013862
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Literature: International Short Stories by Women

This course will discover five short stories by international women writers, some writing in English, and others whose work we will read in translation. The stories will be provided on Canvas, with supporting articles to read. There is no need to buy a text for this course. They are as follows: Lying Under the Apple Tree - Alice Munro. Before - Annie Saumont. The Reservoir - Janet Frame. An Unfinished Record - Zhang Jie. Newlywed - Banana Yoshimoto. Each week will consider an author and their text and we shall discuss the various significance of each story, as well as its broader relationship with women’s fiction.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 03/04/2024 -
Wed 01/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Stephen Smith
Course code:
Q00013866
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Literature: Gothic Literature

This is an eight week course which will discuss the following novels: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley. Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde. Dracula - Bram Stoker. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James. Two weeks' discussion will be devoted to each text and the books will be discussed in the order listed. We will discover the birth of Gothic literature and its development throughout the nineteenth century, noting how it changes in its emphasis and themes, as society develops scientifically and philosophically. The course will discuss the manner in which Gothic literature explores numerous questions which will be brought into sharper focus politically, scientifically and culturally as the twentieth century was born.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 03/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Tutor:
Stephen Smith
Course code:
Q00013874
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Literature: Gothic Literature

This 8 week course will explore and discover four Italian novels from the twentieth century. These are: The Leopard - Lampedusa. The Moon and the Bonfires - Pavese. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - Bassani. The Days of Abandonment - Ferrante. Usually two weeks' discussion will be devoted to each writer and his or her text. These sessions will establish the context of each novel and its relationship to the Italian tradition. Each text is designed as a point of departure for further reading by that writer or similar authors, and as an introduction to Italian literary thought and culture in the twentieth century.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 05/04/2024 -
Fri 24/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Tutor:
Stephen Smith
Course code:
Q00013875
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20