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Ageing Thoughtfully View details

We don’t talk much about ageing, except perhaps about wanting to avoid it! During this course we shall look at poems and short prose about ageing, and at some philosophy too. There will be opportunities to write and talk about our own experiences, and to hear about other people’s. Are we really any wiser as we get older? What’s positive about ageing? What about relationships with families and friends? How might considering ageing help to deal with? What does our culture encourage us to see ourselves? What do we assume about ageing? Lots of questions, but we'll be talking, writing and reading our way through the process.

Alfred Hitchcock - Master of Suspense View details

In this 5-week course, we will explore key works by Alfred Hitchcock, tracing his career from his beginnings in the silent era to highly popular spy thrillers from his British period in the 1930s to his work in the States, including highly influential films like Notorious, North By North West, Vertigo and Pyscho. We will look at the influences that shaped his work from German expressionism to surrealism to Soviet montage; his cinematic style, key themes and collaborators.

All Round Good Health View details

This course is aimed at members of BAMER communities with health conditions such as Dementia, diabetes, stroke, circulatory disease, arthritis, COPD and related lung conditions, high BMI or who have had a fall or are at a high risk of falling. Beginners, intermediate and advanced level participants are welcome as the exercises are adapted to suit all individuals. This course focuses on students having a basic knowledge and understanding of all the major muscle components and bones of the body in order to know how to strengthen improve and maintain these parts. Learning will incorporate Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration. This is a referral only course.

All Round Good Health Men View details

This course is aimed at members of BAMER communities with health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, circulatory disease, arthritis, high BMI or who have had a fall or are at a high risk of falling. Beginners, intermediate and advanced level participants are welcome as the exercises are adapted to suit all individuals. This course focuses on students having a basic knowledge and understanding of all the major muscle components and bones of the body in order to know how to strengthen improve and maintain these parts. Learning will incorporate Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration.

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!

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 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.