Yorkshire Writers

Ref: C3672668

What do writers such as Winifred Holtby, Philip Larkin, the Bronte sisters and Ted Hughes have in common? They have all drawn upon the landscape, history and cultural identity of Yorkshire in their novels and poems. Looking at 'South Riding', 'The Whitsun Weddings', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'The Remains of Elmet', this course will explore some of the themes in their writing and ways in which these themes are influenced by and helped to shape a Yorkshire literary landscape. There will also be some discussion of other writers who have drawn inspiration from Yorkshire with suggestions for further reading.

Course aim

To look at ways in which the landscape, history and cultural heritage of Yorkshire has helped shaped the novels and poems of writers who have drawn upon it for inspiration.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify at least ten writers born in Yorkshire.
  • Name at least ten novels or poetry collections written by Yorkshire writers.
  • Identify and comment on some of the Yorkshire landscapes explored in literature.
  • identify and comment on ways in which the Yorkshire landscape reflects aspects of character or theme.
  • Explain your point of view about whether or not there is a distinctive 'Yorkshire voice' in literature.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • A short reading list will be provided of texts which it would be helpful to have with you during the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Yorkshire Writers

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