Memorial by Deborah Tyler-Bennett

Deborah Tyler-Bennett is a popular creative writing tutor here in Derby – we are very pleased that her talent is getting more attention!

WEA Courses Across Notts

Deborah-Tyler-Bennett  WEA Beeston’s creative writing course tutor Deb Tyler-Bennett’s poem Memorial was featured as Nottingham City of Literature’s daily poem on 15th June 2015.

Well done Deb!

Memorial by Deborah Tyler-Bennett   albert Ball
A moment’s silence, though this could be imagined.

Snow’s sugar, sifted on pub windows and shoppers’ faces,

settling like rumours on Albert Ball’s bronze trench-coat

as the angel at his shoulder whispers.

Castle grounds spread with wedding icing,

Standard Hill slippy with egg-white.

If not cold cast, Albert might shift left foot,

pull coat collars round young cheeks,

see knuckles redden.

Snow throws Nottingham lace covers on parked cars,

Court-house museums, new clubs where bouncers

older than Albert Ball pull Paul Smith collars

round grated cheeks.

Lovers scurry for neon doorways, a drunk slides

on his back, lies there laughing.  All hurry

towards bars chiming with mobiles.

Castle grounds, locked against vagrants.

On a snowy tablecloth, Albert…

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Derby WEA trip to Liverpool

On Wednesday 17 June 2015 the Derby branch of the WEA went on a day trip to Liverpool.

We arrived at Albert Dock where there was time for some sightseeing and lunch. In the afternoon we split into two groups, one for a tour of the Walker Art Gallery led by tutor Bob Moulder, and the other for the Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals, led by tutor Rod Pearson. The weather was typically British for much of the day, but brightened up just in time for leaving.

Everyone who was there had a great time! We are hoping to arrange more trips like this one. If you would like to join one of our courses the Autumn programme will be available from 1 July.

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Idleness: virtue or vice? – Part of Inspiring Derby Week 2015

Grand Salon de Napoléon III

Working in partnership the WEA and the University of Derby will recreate an 18th century French salon; a forum for genteel, convivial conversation and debate concerning ‘matters of the day’. Our salonnière sets the scene and regulates proceedings. No agenda, no presentation; your participation will shape discussion.


Date & time:       7.00-8.30pm Thursday 25 June 2015

Venue:                The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB

Fee:                      FREE

Booking is essential.

To book a place call: 01332 291805 or email: