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Afternoon Yoga for Everybody View details

The course is suitable for all ages, for beginners and those who already practise yoga. The practices will involve a wide range of techniques including body, breath, meditation, study and reflection.

Alfred The Great - Who was he? View details

Overcoming many personal and political problems ‘who was hopeful in defeat and generous in success’, noted author Charles Dickens, Alfred is the only English monarch to be known as ‘The Great’. That said, some have hinted his achievements have been significantly exaggerated.

Alterations and Customising Garments for Advanced Practitioners View details

The UK sent 235 million items of clothing to landfill in 2018. This course will teach how to alter clothes to fit, how to re-style out of date clothes, how to customize clothes and repair clothes so they last longer. It will look at fashion sustainability and the circular economy of fashion. It encourages re-cycling and shopping at charity shops.

Alterations and Customising Garments for Beginners View details

More than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing goes into landfill in the UK every year.This course will teach how to alter clothes to fit, how to re-style out of date clothes, how to customize clothes and repair clothes so they last longer. It will look at fashion sustainability and the circular economy of fashion. It encourages re-cycling and shopping at charity shops.

American Art (1850-1990) View details

A leisurely stroll through American Art, starting with James Whistler in the 1850s, through to the War years with Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists, then the invention of Pop and Conceptual Art with Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, and finishing with the embrace of Street Art with Jean Michel Basquiat in the 1980s

An Exploration of Orwell's Essays View details

George Orwell's essays are in many people's opinion the best of his work. They cover an extraordinary variety of subjects and provide a unique insight into his intellectual and other preoccupations and the state of society at the time he was writing. You will be expected to read one or two of the essays a week (you will be notified which ones in good time) and come along prepared to discuss them, You may disagree wholeheartedly with an essay (or essays) but that is all to the good!. A lively exchange of ideas is the main purpose of these sessions. The essays themselves are entertaining and clearly written but repay close reading. It's sometimes said that Orwell's voice is still needed today. Come along and make his acquaintance.

An Introduction to Modern Art View details

How modern is modern art? Actually, not very! Not to be confused with 'contemporary art' the majority of commentators agree that the term 'modern art' describes artistic works produced during a period extending very roughly from the 1860s to the late-1960s or 1970s, denoting the various avant-garde styles and philosophies of the art produced during that time period. The term is also usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been rejected in a spirit of experimentation and innovation, now frequently identified as Modernist (or, Modernism). As something of a taster series, this five-week course offers an opportunity to situate the emergence and evolution of modern art within a historical and cultural context and to identify a range of its characteristics, influences, developments, art movements and major practitioners.

And Before Shakespeare - Gammer Gurton's Needle View details

The explosion of drama onto the Elizabethan stage may seem to spring fully formed from nowhere. But, of course, as Shakespeare himself observed, nothing will come of nothing. There is imput from classical and contemporary European drama, but England too had a rich, developing history of drama, before theatre. Starting from a religious base, simple bible tales were transformed into realistic, and often comic, drama. Gradually invented stories commenting satirically on the original appear, then allegorical plays and by the sixteenth century plays produced simply for entertainment. “Gammer Gurton’s Needle”, is possibly the earliest English farce, and like the miracle and morality plays that preceded it, presents an every-day story of country folk. The crux of the matter is: where is Gammer’s needle? We will begin with a 2 hour session, followed by a lunch break and two one and a half our sessions with a tea break.

Anger and Irritability - Everyday Strategies View details

This course is for people who recognise that anger and irritability are adversely affecting their daily lives. It will explore the triggers, how they affect you and coping tools to reduce the impact anger has on your life and relationships. This course aims to build your confidence and self-esteem and to remove the stress caused by anger.

Anger and Irritability - Everyday Strategies View details

This course is for people who recognise that anger and irritability are adversely affecting their daily lives. It will explore the triggers, how they affect you and coping tools to reduce the impact anger has on your life and relationships. This course aims to build your confidence and self-esteem and to remove the stress caused by anger.