Leading men part 1 – Autumn 2017

Eliotsilasmarner 0001Through study of the novels Silas Marner by George Eliot, (written in 1861) and Harvest by Jim Crace, Eyrie by Tim Winton and Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (all modern authors) we will study and evaluate authors’ explorations of men’s lives in very different times and countries : England in the 18th century and in the middle ages, 21st century Australia, and 18th century America. Men are shown trying to lead meaningful lives even when the world seems to be against them, with unpredictable, sometimes hilarious consequences.

Tutor – Maggie Robinson
Fee – £52.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10:15am – 11:45am, 9 meetings from 5 October 2017
Course Ref – C2337938

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Plunge into poetry – Autumn 2017

poetry-720609_1920This course will focus on a selection of poems from two recently published collections. A booklet of the relevant poems will be given to each student. This year’s collections will be ‘Say Something Back’ by Denise Riley (shortlisted for the 2016 T. S. Eliot Prize) and ‘Waiting for the Past’ by Les Murray (a leading Australian poet). Through sharing ideas about these poems we shall explore what lies beneath the surface meanings. You will be encouraged to participate in discussion, sometimes with the whole class, at other times working in pairs. Some comparison with poems from other periods will be included and you will also be given the opportunity to make your own choices from the anthology, Being Human.

Tutor – Carol Anthony
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 10:15am – 12:15pm, 11 meetings from 25 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337816

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

D H Lawrence – man of the Midlands? – Autumn 2016

DH LawrenceDH Lawrence famously described the countryside around Eastwood as ‘The Country of my Heart’. This course sets out to examine the extent to which Lawrence was influenced by this region, by studying some of his early stories and novels and relating them to the district he knew. There will be a 3 hour field trip on a date to be confirmed.

Tutor – Stephen Bailey
Fee – £57.75 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 5 October 2016
Course Ref – C2336748

Online enrolment is available from 4 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Leading ladies Part 1 – Autumn 2016

BookshelvesWe will study the portrayal of women in four novels, two written by men and two by women; consider the authors’ attitudes to their “leading ladies”, the environment which determines their lives, and how the obstacles which hold them back from self-fulfillment are tackled.

The books for this course are:
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Odd Women by George Gissing
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Tutor – Maggie Robinson
Fee – £52.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10:15am – 11:45am, 9 meetings from 6 October 2016
Course Ref – C2336486

Online enrolment is available from 4 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

What’s the point of short stories?- Summer 2016

UntitledA long course reading short stories! We will start by examining a range of modern and contemporary authors. If we feature stories by Alice Munro, Tim O’Brien, Jon Macgregor and James Lasdun, a theme emerges: what might have been. As the course progresses, it is intended that other authors, other titles, will be suggested by the group.

Tutor – Mike Wilson
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 7 meetings from 14 April 2016
Course Ref – C2335776

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

Talking literature: Innocence … – Autumn 2015

age of innocence“The innocent……hath no enemy but time”. Can innocence be depicted without the contrast of experience?

Through the texts The Age of Innocence (Wharton), The Harpole Report (JL Carr), Reunion (Uhlman) and The Music Room (Fiennes), we will study and evaluate authors’ explorations of the different aspects of innocence.

Tutor – Maggie Robinson
Fee – £52.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10:15am-11:45am, 9 meetings from 8 October 2015
Course Ref – C2334978
Online enrolment is available from 1 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Talking literature: … and experience – Spring 16

Excursion to the Elliott Bay Book CompanyConnecting to the autumn term theme of “Innocence”, through the texts Stoner (Williams), The Children Act (McEwan) Leaving Alexandria (Holloway) and Nora Webster (Toibin) we will study authors’ explorations of the ways individuals respond to what happens to them and the consequences.

Tutor – Maggie Robinson
Fee – £52.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10:15am-11:45am, 9 meetings from 14 Jan 16
Course Ref – C2334980
Online enrolment is available from 1 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

An introduction to world literature – Summer 2015

No SubstituteDo you want to discover some of the modern classics of world literature? We will read texts from Japan, China, the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere and look at how we might contextualise and explore the themes of works from outside the established Western literary canon. All texts will be supplied and will be read in English

Tutor – Matt Keefe
Fee – £53.90 (discounted £48.50) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 7 meetings from 6 May 2015

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

The experimental novel – Summer 2015

A Storm of SwordsTwo recent award-winning novels, Eimear McBride’s ‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’ and Ali Smith’s ‘How to Be Both’, have been celebrated as ‘experimental’. In what ways are they experimental, and to what effect? And how do they compare with other famed and notorious works by, amongst others, James Joyce, B S Johnson and Georges Perec?

Tutor – Michael Wilson
Fee – £53.90 (discounted £48.50) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10:15am – 12:15pm, 7 meetings from 23 April 2015

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

Israel in its own words

Via politics, society and culture we will explore Israeli history, also looking at a broad range of historical documents and literature.  We will also develop an understanding of the Israeli mind and how it works by examining a full range of views – from government to strong internal dissent and criticism.

 

Tutor – Noam Livne
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 22 September 2014
Online enrolment available from 1 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Talking literature: Lost 1

The Moonstone title pageTreasures, people, battles……all can be lost, and through the novels The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins), Still Missing (Beth Gutcheon) and The Bookshop (Penelope Fitzgerald) we will study the effects of losing and searching, and the coming to terms with losing and loss.

Tutor – Maggie Robinson
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby, DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10.15am–11.45am, 9 meetings from 2 October 2014
Online enrolment available from 1 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online