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A tale of 4 cities: Prose and poetry from and about Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester (Part 2)

So much literature emanates from and concerns our capital city, London. However, a great deal of writing of real quality has been produced in, or by writers who came from , other cities in the United Kingdom. On this course we will explore writings from four other major cities, namely Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. There will be a consideration of a variety of novels, short stories and poetry, looking at what makes these works , and their authors distinctive and relevant to the cities in which they were written , or in which the writers lived. For example, concerning Edinburgh, we will explore the poetry of Norman MacCaig, short stories by Elspeth Davie, and a novel by Muriel Spark.

You can still join and enjoy the class even if you didn't attend Part 1.

  • Dates: 13/01/2020 - 23/03/2020
  • Duration: 10 sessions
  • Start Time: Mon 14:00
  • Location: Palmers Green
  • Tutor: Michael King

Looking at Geology Around the UK

We will be looking at a range of places in the UK of interest to anyone who is interested in geology. To look at how the area was formed and its geological history The course will look at pictures of the places and the rocks in the area

  • Dates: 14/01/2020 - 24/03/2020
  • Duration: 10 sessions
  • Start Time: Tue 14:00
  • Location: Palmers Green
  • Tutor: Stephen Krause

Art Appreciation: Paris and Florence

This course will explore the art and architecture of Florence from the 13th to the 16th century when it was the centre of the Renaissance, creating not only a myriad of masterpieces, but shaping a whole era in art history and beyond. Moving to Paris in the 19th and 20th century, we will explore realism, impressionism, fauvism and cubism, art noveau and art deco ushering in modern art and design.

  • Dates: 14/01/2020 - 24/03/2020
  • Duration: 10 sessions
  • Start Time: Tue 10:00
  • Location: Enfield
  • Tutor: Ruth Mulandi

Turning Points and Fresh Horizons: Why the History of Music Keeps Changing (Part 2)

This course will be based around listening to music from a wide range of periods during the last 750 years - up to the present day. All music will be presented against the background of its wider cultural context, which will be discussed alongside the music itself. Some explanation of technical terms will be provided, but on the whole this course requires no specific musical knowledge, nor does it expect students to be able to read music.

You can still join and enjoy the class even if you didn't attend Part 1.

  • Dates: 15/01/2020 - 25/03/2020
  • Duration: 10 sessions
  • Start Time: Wed 13:45
  • Location: Enfield
  • Tutor: Alan Mills

Politics and Religion in Art

In the course you will see many examples of art, from the ancient world to the 20th century and from all cultures, where the art has been used to promote a political or religious message. "The Ship of Fools" by Hieronymus Bosch 1516 promoted the new Protestant movement. Romaine Brooks shows her patriotic passion for France with "The Cross of France" 1914. Louis bolstered his standing with a painting showing himself, son and grandson as the guardians of France. King Richard II claimed his authority came from being blessed by the Virgin Mary, shown on the Wilton Diptych. The Soviet government used art ruthlessly as a control mechanism. Marcus Gheerhart shows Elizabeth I claiming her territories in his 1592 portrait. Mark Gertler' s "Merry-go-round" 1916 is a poignant anti-war statement, like Picasso's "Guernica". Jacques-Louis David was promoting the French Revolution in his "Death of Marat". And so on. Enjoy this journey through the landscape of political and religious art.

  • Dates: 16/01/2020 - 26/03/2020
  • Duration: 10 sessions
  • Start Time: Thu 10:00
  • Location: Palmers Green
  • Tutor: Colin Lomas

Religion and the Reformation in 16th century London

The course examines the importance of religion in the sixteenth century, its political and social roles as well as its spiritual. The focus is on the dramatic events of the 1530's and 1540's, the Reformation, the break with Rome, the emergence of a new religion and the dissolution of the monasteries, all of which would have profound consequences at home and abroad for decades to come.The course will include a visit or a guided walk.

  • Dates: 17/01/2020 - 27/03/2020
  • Duration: 10 sessions
  • Start Time: Fri 10:00
  • Location: Enfield
  • Tutor: George O'Reilly

Cinema: Documentaries

Cinema started with documentaries or 'actualities'. Newsreels quickly started playing a key role in how people got their news. Alongside pioneers of fiction films were pioneers who used the moving image to document the world, to explore issues, to challenge and to campaign. This course will explore the development of the genre, key film-makers and films, including Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North, the propaganda documentaries of Leni Riefenstahl, the British Documentary Movement spearheaded by John Grierson (who coined the term 'documentary'), cinema verite, and recent exponents like Errol Morris ('The Thine Blue Line'), Michael Moore and Kevin Macdonald.

  •  Dates: 02/03/2020 - 30/03/2020
  • Duration: 5 sessions
  • Start Time: Mon 19:00
  • Location: Enfield
  • Tutor: Ruth Mulandi

To enrol please quote the course reference either online at www.wea.org.uk or by ringing 0300 303 3464.

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