Literary Landscapes of Winifred Holtby - an East Riding Journey

Ref: C3675390

Best known for her novel 'South Riding', Winifred Holtby drew extensively on her knowledge of the people and landscapes of the East Riding. This course will visit Rudston, the village where she was born and where she is buried, a place to which she remained deeply attached throughout her life and which she chose as the setting for her first novel, 'Anderby Wold'. Morning coffee at Rudston House will offer a rare opportunity to see where Winifred Holtby spent her childhood. In the afternoon, we shall explore some of the places in Holderness which were to inspire and be transformed into the literary landscape of 'South Riding', heading towards Sunk Island and the Humber Estuary and, time permitting, seeing where Winifred Holtby lived in Hornsea and Withernsea.

Additional information about this course

Please meet at 9.45 in the Old Cattle Market car park, Driffield for a 10 am departure.

Course aim

To introduce students to the novels of Winifred Holtby and to become familiar with the landscape which inspired her writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name at least three novels by Winifred Holtby.
  • Identify the settings of at least three novels by Winifred Holtby.
  • Understand something of the plot and themes of Winifred Holtby's novels.
  • Begin to understand the importance of the social as well as geographical landscape of Winifred Holtby's novels.
  • Be able to appreciate the importance of East Yorkshire in the writings of Winifred Holtby.

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

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Although no prior reading is required, it would be helpful to read 'South Riding' and 'Anderby Wold' prior to the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Read novels by Winifred Holtby and explore literary links between other writers and the East Riding.

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Literary Landscapes of Winifred Holtby - an East Riding Journey


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