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All Sorts of Creative Writing View details

Taught by a published poet and fiction writer, this course enables new and more seasoned writers to have a go at new skills, and techniques. It also allows them to consider how best to polish and craft work. Looking at how to send work off will be available for those wishing to do so.

Alterations & Customizing Further Techniques View details

This course will develop you skills and interest in up-cycling, customising and altering clothes. We will learn lots of different techniques to rejuvenate garments. Bring along old clothes and your imagination!

Alterations and Customising: Beginners View details

This course will develop you skills and interest in up-cycling, customising and altering clothes. We will learn lots of different techniques to rejuvenate garments. Bring along old clothes and your imagination!

American Literature View details

Alongside our examination of novels, plays, poetry and short stories, we will explore the changes in the U.S. during this period. To help us with this, we will explore social, cultural and political ideas to inform our reading. We will also discuss art, architecture and the music of the era to underpin our readings. Novels (and extracts of novels) will include: Henry James’ ‘The Europeans’, Kate Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’, ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’, by Zane Grey, ‘The Iron Heel’ by Jack London, ‘Herland’ by Charlotte Perkin’s Gilman ‘Passing’ by Nella Larsen, ‘Red Harvest’ by Dashiell Hammett, and Djuna Barnes’ ‘Nightwood’. We will also analyse and discuss poetry by Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams, short stories by Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald and play extracts from Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ and DuBose Heyward and the Gershwin brothers’ ‘Porgy and Bess’.

American Literature 1878 - 1938 View details

Alongside our examination of novels, plays, poetry and short stories, we will explore the changes in the U.S. during this period. To help us with this, we will explore social, cultural and political ideas to inform our reading. We will also discuss art, architecture and the music of the era to underpin our readings. Novels (and extracts of novels) will include: Henry James’ ‘The Europeans’, Kate Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’, ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’, by Zane Grey, ‘The Iron Heel’ by Jack London, ‘Herland’ by Charlotte Perkin’s Gilman ‘Passing’ by Nella Larsen, ‘Red Harvest’ by Dashiell Hammett, and Djuna Barnes’ ‘Nightwood’. We will also analyse and discuss poetry by Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams, short stories by Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald and play extracts from Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ and DuBose Heyward and the Gershwin brothers’ ‘Porgy and Bess’.

American Short Stories of Resistance View details

American Short Stories of Resistance is a course in which students will become part of a supported and facilitated critical reading group. The group will explore literary responses to modern American culture and be introduced to some lesser known writers. The tutor, Dr Jill Terry, will provide historical and cultural contextual introductions to the stories and will guide students in simple techniques to support detailed critical readings. The stories selected will provide insights into a range of ethnic and regional experiences of America.

An Ageing Society: Burden or Blessing? View details

While the problematic aspects of population ageing are commonly stressed, many older individuals and the communities they live in have benefited greatly from it. Using students' personal experience, insights from social science, and empirical data, we will consider and critique how public policy, commercial services, and public attitudes are responding to population ageing. We will consider what international perspectives and innovative models have to offer older people and wider society. We will explore some practical things we can do to help ourselves and others experience later life in positive ways.

An Anatomy of Comedy View details

An Anatomy of Comedy – 'The vital spark ' . This course will analyse the role that comedy plays as a necessary counterpoint to tragedy and as the symbol of new life . We will explore the way different writers through novels, plays and the media use comedy not just to make us laugh, but for the serious purpose of criticising both society and the individual . Discussion will include changes over the centuries in what is considered funny (for example Shakespeare's comedy ) or appropriate to joke about ( black humour) and the role of the fool , the absurd and parody.

An Armchair Cruise of the River Danube View details

Springing up near the town of Donaueschingen in Germany’s Black Forest, this great waterway flows southeast for 1,785 miles before emptying into the Black Sea at Sulina in eastern Romania. Along its vast length the Danube passes through or borders no less than ten countries. It also flows through four national capital cities - Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade - more than any other river in the world. We shall travel the length of the river exploring the history, myths, legends, music as well as the geography.

An Introduction to Antiques, Vintage and Collectables View details

Professional auctioneer, Stephen Poulter, reveals how the world of antiques, vintage items and collectables really works and shows how easy it is for anyone to start buying or collecting in these areas. We will explore the many different categories and periods of antique and vintage items which can be purchased from auctions, antiques markets, car boot sales and online. Students will acquire techniques for researching, identifying and valuing a whole range of antiques, vintage items and collectables.