Creative Writing £40
Alternate Wednesdays, 2PM-4PM
15th & 29th Sept, 13th Oct, 10th & 24th Nov, 8th Dec
We all have stories to tell. It’s how you tell them that matters. A course for anyone interested in writing at any level and in any style. The classes are informal and there is a lot of discussion. It is a place for exploring and developing your own talent with support and advice from the tutor. Most of the writing is done at home between classes.
Greek Tragedies £65
14th September – 7th December
(Weeks 1-4) Sophocles – Oedipus at Colonus
Back in March 2020, and not without tragic irony, the pandemic that opens the tragedy of Oedipus King was suddenly on our doorsteps forcing us to abandon Oedipus at Colonus. Rescheduling this course takes us to post-pandemic world with a destabilized political landscape and a tendency to deify those who lead their country through a plague. Should you like to join us at this point, we shall treat Oedipus at Colonus as a stand-alone play as it was in Ancient Greece. Edition: Robert Fagles’ translation. The Three Theban Plays, Penguin Classics. ISBN – 10:0140444254 ISBN – 13:987-0140444254
(Weeks 5-12) Euripides – Medea
The name of Medea has travelled to us with an undiminished power to shock. How can we feel sympathy for a woman who murders her own children out of revenge? Euripides’s play confronts issues still raging amongst us: the destructive dynamics of divorce, the demonization of foreigners, and most disturbing of all, the enduring presence of barbarism within a civilized world. Edition: Michael Collier and Georgia Machemer’s translation, published by Oxford University Press (2006). ISBN – 978-0-19-514566-3
Poetry Matters £65
17th September – 10th December
Each week we will bring in our chosen poems to read aloud and discuss. These will be based on a series of themes and drawn from all periods of poetry writing. We will look closely at particular exmaples and explore the work of lesser-known, post-1950s poets.