Literature

Ref: C2525451

Dreaming of the Borealis, old and new tales from Orkney, Iceland and the north is inspired by the links between oral story telling, travel and migration, slavery and modern literature. It draws on the literary, cultral and trading links between Orkney, Norway, Iceland and northern neighbours. Reading includes a dip into the Norse saga, a novel, and a sampling of short stories and poems.

Course aim

Introduce students to literature from and cultural links between Orkney, Iceland, Norway and the north.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Better understand the literary, geographical and cultural links between Orkney, Norway, Iceland and northern countries.
  • Describe and critically discuss at least two texts with confidence
  • Form a view about the contribution that trading and slavery have made to story telling past and present

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • The tutor will provide some extracts of texts but students will be expected to obtain three texts. The three texts are The Dark Blue Overcoat and Other Stories from the North by Sjorn; The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson; Greenvoe by George Mackay Brown.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students will find it helpful to do pre reading - see the titles of texts earlier. The tutor will provide extracts from Erik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (Ed Gwyn Jones) and, from Tom Muir's poems and stories.

What can I do next?

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Literature

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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