22 - Course cancelled - Workshopping your Manuscript Liz Gallois – 17 weekly sessions from 2.00 to 4.00 on Tuesdays 5 March to 25 June
Liz is a published author and experienced tutor. The course is for new and more experienced writers in memoir, family history, fiction and non-fiction. The aim is to work with a supportive and friendly group to consider their writing, perhaps to receive helpful suggestions about the way forward. Email and printing access are essential.
40 - Wait List only - Poetry Pilgrims: poetry appreciation Anne McQueen Thomson – 10 fortnightly sessions from 12.30 to 2.00 on Wednesdays 20 February to 26 June - no session on 6 March
Anne will lead this poetry discussion group. It is NOT creative writing. We read and discuss a variety of poems from a variety of authors and from different eras. Our explorations include the context of each poem, something of the author’s background and the strengths and weaknesses and style of each poem. We will advise in advance the poems for each session. Our hope is to learn something of the world of poetry, to become more open to taking pleasure in different kinds of poems and more articulate in discussing our reactions, all in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere.
46 - The Readers Marjorie de Saint-Ferjeux - 18 weekly sessions from 10.00 to 11.45 on Thursdays 21 February to 27 June
Members of the group take it in turns to read aloud, possibly getting to know books that otherwise might not have been considered. Listening to a book gets into your head and enlivens your understanding; there is time for a brief discussion. In 2019 we start with Cervantes, his Don Quixote using the Penguin Vintage Classics edition ISBN No. 97 80 14 04 49 09 9. This edition is suggested so that we all, literally, stay on the same page! We then return to Proust’s In Search of Lost Time vol. 4. Further suggestions will be made as the group decides. Past choices have been Homer, Chekov, Joyce, Camus, Calvino et al.
60 - Creative Writing Janet Allen – 8 fortnightly sessions from 10.00 to 12.00 on Fridays 8 March to 28 June
The writers’ group meets fortnightly to share work members have produced and comment on the effectiveness of the piece. Each member writes on a theme of personal choice or topic or technique set for that meeting. Everyone has the opportunity to present their work regularly.