Just a thought: even if you think I cannot accommodate you in your busy schedule, give me a call.....
I have also left up information on courses that we did this year because they are likely to run against in late 2013.
AN INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH POETRY.
This is a whistle-stop tour from the earliest English poetry to the most recent texts. So, if you have ever wanted to know who did what, when and with whom, I think you'll enjoy what we're going to do.
We will have a look at the earliest Medieval poems and end with, oh, about last week, giving you some idea of what else was going on in the world at the time and a sound idea of chronology. PLus, there will be time for a bit of discussion, although these are formal (relaxed, not stiff: fret not) classes and not intended as a book group.
Each class costs £10 to include tea, cake and a roaring fire -- or a fan, depending on the season. (Venue information follows when you book.)You do not need to buy texts, unless you feel inspired so to do. You need to pay in advance for those sesssions you know you can attend. This is, above all, a community event. Just because I think it is important. That's why it's (I hope!) affordable.
These workshops are for adults, but would also suit an ambitious sixth form student -- and you do not need to be studying A level literature. Also, if you are a gap year student, perhaps having accepted a place to read English, these classes could be particularly stimulating for you. You are welcome to come to only a few -- if you are just about to speed off on your year out travels!
FOR GCSE: Preparing for the poetry component of GCSE. This is geared towards WJEC (Welsh Board), but call me because it may also be useful for other exam boards. Friday the 9th of April, 10-12.
Non Fiction texts. Again, geared tpwards the WJEC syllabus and the first part of Paper II in which students read, analyse and compare two non fiction souces. Sunday the 25th of April, 12.30-2.30
For A2. AQA B syllabus. Some varieties of Gothic. So, discussion of the genre plus reference to the texts that the group has studied for this paper. Sunday the 11th of April, 12.30-2.30.
Each of these workshops costs £15 per student. Lots of useful materials to take away, too.
For adults and the ambitious A2 student...
British Travel writing. Tuesday evening at 7.30 for three weeks starting on the 6th of July.
A Summer Holiday modern poetry course. Every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. for five weeks beginning on the 27th of July.
An Introduction to Indian Literature. Every Tuesday at 7.30 beginning on the 28th of September. Three workshops.
The British Novel. This is the next course with available spaces.
Every Tuesday at 7.30 beginning on the 19th of October in Bradford on Avon. Six workshops.
All £7 per person per session and you have to book and pay for the whole course in advance. So that's £42. For 2011, the fee rises to £10 per class.
As with the poetry course, we will start with the earliest extant texts -here, the earliest prose texts - and move through to 2010. That way, you have a good overview and a proper chronological spine. We will work from extracts, but it is my hope that you will go away and get yourself the whole texts!
So get ready for an Unfortunate Traveller, an Arcadia or two, some bodice ripping, a rude food scene, some serious misunderstandings, disappointments in love, gossip, at least one mad woman in the attic, a chilling tale that starts with a falling hot air balloon....can you tell which books I mean? Ring me for a chat about the course and please remember: the most important criterion is that you simply love reading.
AND FOR ALL WORKSHOPS, BRING NOTHING BUT YOURSELF AND, PERHAPS, PAPER AND PEN. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY ANY BOOKS AS I PROVIDE THE MATERIALS FOR YOU FOR USE IN THE CLASS. ALL WORKSHOPS ARE IN A COSY AND BOOKISH HOME SETTING IN BRADFORD ON AVON, THUS KEEPING THE COSTS RIGHT DOWN.