- New Nature Writing in fiction and poetryCourse start date: Fri 3 Feb 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: David BarnesIn the last 15 years, a new type of nature writing emerged in the UK. It was personal, engaging, and examined the natural world and the environment in fresh and interesting ways. It promised to reconnect a younger generation with the world outside, and to raise awareness of ecological issues in an emotionally resonant way. Includes novels, poetry and memoir by Seamus Heaney, W.G. Sebald, Alice Oswald, Helen Macdonald. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Kathleen Jamie.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land at 100Course start date: Fri 2 Jun 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: David Barnes100 years ago this autumn an extraordinary poem was published that changed the literary world in ways we are still processing today. T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land was a modernist masterpiece, a broken hymn of despair, a collage of voices from different cultures and histories – and a poem that soon became iconic. From its memorable opening line – ‘April is the cruellest month’ – to its closing prayer, it takes us through a rich cast of characters and settings, evocations of myth and religion, and references to modern life. In this course we will look at the poem’s politics, its attitude to religion and sex, its many allusions, and the great writers it influenced.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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