Drawing and painting the multicultural way – Spring 2015

Aboriginal-inspired pavement artArt and craft from a variety of cultures will be used to inspire and inform your work. A multimedia approach for all levels of experience.

Tutor – Jane Livne
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 05 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

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Exploring opera – Spring 2015

Royal Opera HouseExploring a wide range of operas from the 18th to the 21st century, such as Handel writing Italian opera in London, Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold’, the first opera in his mighty Ring Cycle and other selected works, we shall see how opera has remained a powerful force for composers and audiences alike. No experience necessary.

Tutor – Anne Allcock
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 11 meetings from 05 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Contemporary poets – part 2 – Spring 2015

Project 366 #278: 041012 Poetry? I'm Not A VerseDo you want to know what interests contemporary poets? Join us in exploring poems by Sinead Morrissey and Michael Symmons Roberts (winner and runner-up in 2013 T S Eliot Prize). We shall also choose poems for discussion from the anthology Being Alive.

Tutor – Carol Anthony
Fee – £53.90 (discounted £48.50) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 10:15am – 12:15pm, 7 meetings from 12 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Plays and playgoing – Summer 2015

Tampa Theater 3Get involved in reading, exploring and discussing plays in performance this spring. We will look at background, themes, production and acting. At least two plays will be on locally and we may visit theatres a little further afield. Details of plays and trips will be given at first session; cost of tickets and travel extra.

Tutor – Hazel Salisbury
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 2:00pm – 3:30pm, 9 meetings from 12 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

 

Looking into art – an introduction to art history – Spring 2015

Delaware Art MuseumExamining how we might analyse a painting and how its meaning may change as time passes, we will also consider the old academic hierarchies which regarded history painting as more prestigious than landscape and still life, and how artists have worked within and against this framework. A visit to the Millennium and Graves Galleries in Sheffield is included (day and date to be agreed with students).

Tutor – Sarah Skinner
Fee – £53.90 (discounted £48.50) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 7 meetings from 12 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Archaeology of the East Midlands – Spring 2015

Ancient GuideAn introduction to the archaeology of the East Midlands from the end of the last Ice Age to the modern era. Focussing particularly on the archaeology of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, we will explore some of the concepts of archaeological study, acquire a broad appreciation of the region’s past and introduce practical skills in archaeological research.

Tutor – Keith Challis-Smith
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 9 meetings from 12 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Drawing and painting the multicultural way – Summer 2015

Aboriginal Art - BenediktArt and craft from a variety of cultures will be used to inspire and inform your work. A multimedia approach for all levels of experience.

Tutor – Jane Livne
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 13 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

The Daisy-Chain Way – introduction to family history – Summer 2015

1910 Census for 2000 Block of St. PaulDoes your family have stories about ancestors? Each area of family history is a ‘daisy’; you can link them into a longer daisy chain or just focus on one. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced researchers interested in a specific area.

Tutor – Catherine Stewart
Fee – £53.90 (discounted £48.50) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 7 meetings from 13 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Archaeology from the air – Summer 2015

Gonfienti Archaeological Site II - R347Since the early years of the 20th century, when the first aerial photographs of Stonehenge were taken from a balloon mounted camera, archaeologists have taken to the air to find new sites, map and understand the historic landscape. We will explore aerial archaeology from its origins in the years after the First World War to the Space Age.

Tutor – Keith Challis-Smith
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 9 meetings from 13 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Creative writing news from the East Midlands from Debs Tyler-Bennett

It’s a real privilege teaching creative writing and seeing someone’s words and ideas form on the page, whether this is for the first time or whether they’ve been writing and shaping work for ages.

As a tutor teaching three groups in the East Midlands (Derby, Beeston, and Loughborough), as well as being a published writer of poems and short fictions myself, I’m increasingly struck by how lucky writers are that the East Midlands is such a creative centre, and that their work, should they wish it, has many potential outlets locally as well as nationally.

Recently, Mike Wilson at Loughborough Branch hosted a poetry evening (Not National Poetry Day) which once more acted as a reminder of where creative writing might lead.

I thought I’d share a few of my students successes from the WEA across the region, both to celebrate their work and maybe to encourage those new to writing to have a go at sending work out when they’re ready.  The students mentioned are only a handful of those achieving both personal and national successes with their work.

From Derby, Maureen Neal has had several short works of science fiction and fantasy anthologised, and has performed from these at readings at The Quad.  She was also short-listed for a novel competition, winning a professional critique of her work.  Peter Shanks, an active member of Wirksworth Wordminers regularly performs his work and has poems in the Wordminer’s anthology Upright and Eating Salad, the title of which was taken from one of his pieces.  Also, Joy Revell was commended in the Southwell Apple Poetry Competition. 

Liz Brownhill a member of the Loughborough group has had work displayed recently at an exhibition on World War One in Belton.  I was also thrilled that Liz attended my creative writing workshops for the Heritage Lottery Funded Diseworth and Kegworth World War One project, and that one of her poems from the workshop was chosen to form part of the community play, ‘Till The Boy’s Come Home directed by the Chorus Theatre.  The play (shown over the weekend of the first week of September this year) was really moving, and I was delighted Liz’s excellent poem was part of it.

Many other writers from Loughborough, Beeston, and Derby are being anthologised regularly in magazines (including my own Coffee House), and being placed in competitions, Jonathan Hill winning a prize for his poem on New Walk for a past WEA project.

Stephanie Bowes, another Loughborough student, has had a running series of stories in The Trencherman, the Richard III Society’s magazine.

But it isn’t just literary places where a students work might appear. Much of Brenda Boggild’s work (Beeston branch) is included at events on Anglo-Indian history, while Elizabeth Dodds (also Beeston) uses her writing to depict a Scottish childhood and memorialise changed places.  Robert Howard runs his own Littlehand Press Blogspot, and has just co-authored a fantastic History Guide on the 35 Bus for Travel Right.

Most recently, WEA Beeston’s Jan Norton had her poem ‘Miner’s Welfare’ published by Writers’ Forum, had a short story ‘Bristol Cream’ short listed for The Penfro Book Festival Short Story Competition, and her poem ‘Hiraeth’ was one of two runners-up in the Elmet Trust Poetry Competition.

In fact, these students’ stories demonstrate the great thing about writing, you never know where something will appear, or who will be interested in it.  Some students, like Loughborough’s Roy Kershaw, are working on longer pieces, such as Roy’s memoir, Mother and Me.

And the WEA affects tutor’s work, too. For example, my latest collection of short fictions Turned Out Nice Again from the King’s England Press tells the story of a group of variety performers during the 1940s.  During my research for the book (where all the stories are linked by fake news cuttings and music hall histories) I got in touch with the Max Miller society.  I’m now a member, and write regularly for their magazine There’ll Never be Another.  After a recent reading in Brighton, a woman came up to me who’d worked with the great Max, and told me about her time with him.

This anecdote may not seem to have much to do with the publication and teaching experiences I’ve been writing about, except that my work on variety has informed my writing and my teaching more than I would have thought possible, and I’ve designed several writing exercises for my WEA classes based on it.

So that’s what I’d tell anyone thinking of doing a creative writing class for the first time. You may be nervous of sharing your work with others, and this may always be the case.  But all writers, even the most published ones, are nervous of this.  So I’d say, give it a go and when you’re ready, think of those students who’ve found publication, and send your work out.  Or, even if you’re just writing for family or yourself, imagine a wider public reading your pieces and those pieces will undoubtedly improve (on the other hand, it’s amazing how many published writers begin with a desire to jot down family history).

Writing and creative outlets for it are adventures in themselves, and you never know where something you created will end up!  So, I’d say, get writing, and as the Cheekie Chappie himself would have said, make sure the things you say are snappy!

Lift your spirit in song – Spring 2015

romantic evening ambiance at sunset in rhodesWe will sing contemporary songs of community, from the UK, America, Africa and Europe – gospel, spiritual and traditional songs in three or four part harmony, rounds or unison and all acappella (with no accompaniment). Songs are taught by ear, one part at a time. Written music is available for some songs, but music reading is not a requirement.

Tutor – Deborah Allitt
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – The Voice Box, Kensington Mews, Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 06 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Women in art – Spring 2015

Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting by Artemisia GentileschiFrom Artemisia Gentileschi in the 17th century to Laura Knight in the 20th, women have overcome barriers and flourished in the male-dominated world of art. We will debate whether modern artists like Paula Rego have achieved equality, discover some less well-known artists, and create our own history of women in art.

Tutor – Bob Moulder
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 06 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

The lost gods of Britain – Spring 2015

Through Mists Of Time - StonehengeOur landscape is populated by places and myths of spiritual significance. For many, the religious and secular life of the people has been shaped by the mythology and beliefs of our ancestors. We will consider the archaeology, history and anthropology of belief of the people of Britain from the end of the last Ice Age to the arrival of Christianity.

Tutor – Daryl Baxter
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 1:15pm – 3:15pm, 11 meetings from 06 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Joseph Wright and the Enlightenment in the Midlands – Spring 2015

Wright of Derby Self-PortraitIn the 18th century the Midlands played a key role in the emergence of Britain as a world leader in the arts and sciences, technology and industrialisation. Derby artist, Joseph Wright, was uniquely associated with many key figures of the period. Through his paintings this course will explore what we now call the Enlightenment.

Tutor – Bob Moulder
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 7:00pm – 8:30pm, 9 meetings from 06 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Textiles – print, paint, stitch – Spring 2015

IKEA fabric, embellishedProduce unique patterns on fabric. Learn print techniques, how to paint on fabric, use of stitch to enhance your designs, and more. There will be a small weekly charge of approx. £1 to cover materials used or learners may provide their own.

Tutor – Roz Beeson
Fee – £86.65 (discounted £78.00) or Free
Venue – St Mary’s Community Centre, Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX
Date – Tuesday 9:30am – 12:00pm, 9 meetings from 13 January 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online