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Discussing ‘Flush’, a Fictional Biography with Cath Humphris View details

Virginia Woolf's novel, Flush, published in 1933, is a biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel, who lived from 1840-54. Its direct inspiration was a new edition, in 1930, of the Brownings' love letters in which 'the figure of their dog made me laugh so I couldn't resist making him a Life.' We'll be thinking about the way this fictional biography combines fact and fiction, and considering the significance of breeding, classification and status. If you've never read Virginia Woolf before, this is an accessible introduction. If you're planning to join me in discussing AS Byatt's, 'Possession' in the Autumn term, you might like to be introduced to Elizabeth Barrett Browning in advance. On the other hand, you might just like an opportunity to discuss a novel in which a dog takes the central role. It would be useful to have read the novel before the session.

French Art, Music and Literature in the 19th century with Louise Loxton View details

Do you consider yourself a lover of several art forms? Do you like to make links between art forms in a similar historical period? This taster session is an introduction to the course which begins in September.

Exploring Inks with Faye Greening View details

A taster session exploring some techniques of working with ink. How to draw with inks using pens and paint with ink.

Thomas Paine - Still Talking Common Sense? View details

Paine was the only significant political figure to take an active role in both the American and French Revolutions. "Living to some purpose". he called it. He was not a political philosopher, rather a powerful and persuasive writer - a propagandist, in effect - who produced a series of books and pamphlets which attempted to answer the wrongs that he saw happening in the world around him. He also offered some practical solutions. Very much a man of The Enlightenment, he strongly advocated the application of "reason" asa means of discovering the truth. He was a fully committed republican, a democrat, and a freethinker. He was elected to serve in the National Convention in Paris, and after falling out with Robespierre, he was imprisoned during the Terror. By the time he was able to return to America in 1802, he had fallen out of favour. Paine was still regarded (rightly) as a revolutionary - the now independent Americans were no longer interested in him rocking the boat any further.

Practical Art and Mindfulness in Epping Forest View details

Come along to walk and sketch in Epping Forest starting from the Holly Trail Cafe in Chingford. We will be walking deep into the forest, observing different tree shapes and developing sketching skills in chalk and charcoal. If the weather is good you may like to bring a picnic and chat more with like minded people afterwards.

Exploration of Egyptian Treasures at the British Museum View details

Would you like to explore beneath the surface of the major Egyptian collection in the UK? This afternoon gallery tour provides an opportunity to join an Egyptologist in exploring selected highlights of the Egyptian artefacts on display in the British Museum. We will look at a selection of pieces in the Sculpture Gallery (Room 4), the Early Egypt Gallery (Room 64) and if possible the Nubian Gallery (Room 65) to gain an appreciation of Egyptian art and material culture across a period of more than three millennia.

Creative Writing-Taster View details

This two-hour taster session is ideal for anyone interested in taking an online creative writing course with the WEA. You will be able to find out more about the subject and try some simple exercises designed to get you writing and develop your skills. The session will be relaxed and supportive and is suitable for beginners and those with previous writing experience. If this taster interests you, the following autumn courses are also open for bookings: Creative Writing C2527158 Enjoy Creative Writing C2527157

History of the English Language-Iron Age to Middle Age-Taster View details

The English language is a real oddity - a Germanic language with little Germanic grammar and only about 30 percent Germanic words. Why? As James Nicoll puts it, English doesn't just borrow words: "on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.” We start with Saxon, and then look at how it encountered Scandinavian languages - gobbling up the best bits; and how it weathered a storm of Norman French to emerge triumphant but very much changed. We'll explore how Saxon sounded, how Viking poetry works, and why we all feel a difference between a meal and a repast, or between "to hide" and "conceal". Come dip your toe into an time when soon meant now, black meant white, and "standard" English pronunciation was yet to be born... If this taster interests you, the following autumn course is now open for bookings. A History of the English Language: Iron Age to Middle Ages C2527267

Craft: Polymer Clay Beads with Jo McIntosh View details

This taster will give an introduction to what polymer clay is, how it can be used to make a variety of beads, together with how the beads need to be finished after the session.

Sewing: Make a Meadow in a Teacup View details

This taster will teach some basic sewing and craft techniques to create a beautiful fabric meadow that fits into a teacup! This is a cute way to add a bit fun into your home!