A Tale of Four Cities - Part 2

Ref: C2420807

So much literature emanates from and concerns our capital city, London. However, a great deal of writing of real quality has been produced in, or by writers who came from , other cities in the United Kingdom. On this course we will explore writings from four other major cities, namely Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. There will be a consideration of a variety of novels, short stories and poetry, looking at what makes these works , and their authors distinctive and relevant to the cities in which they were written , or in which the writers lived. For example, concerning Edinburgh, we will explore the poetry of Norman MacCaig, short stories by Elspeth Davie, and a novel by Muriel Spark.

Course aim

The course aims to look at a range of writings , in prose and poetry from four British cities, other than London. The writings, which will cover the last hundred years or so, will come from Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • have a greater awareness of the variety of literature from cities in the UK , oher than London
  • have an understanding of the relationship between writings and their place of origin
  • look at writings with an enhanced critical awareness
  • express oinions about writings with increased confidence

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?

  • 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?

  • Students will need to acquire copies of the novels being studied. Poems and shot stories wil be provided as handouts by the tutor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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A Tale of Four Cities - Part 2

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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