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Exploring the poetry of Philip Larkin (1922-85)
New residential short-course at Wortley Hall
open to all
Course dates: Friday 16th– Sunday 18th March 2018
Course tutor: Roger Elkin

Through reading and discussion, the aims of this weekend are to explore a selection of Philip Larkin’s poetry.
The recommended edition is the one edited by Anthony Thwaite published by Faber and Faber (available here).

http://socialistreview.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/image/larkin_lg.jpg      book cover

Philip Larkin (1922-85)

Programme


Though some poems have been identified for each session, the tutor is happy to look at any other poems suggested by members of the group.
 
Friday (16th March evening)
Participants arriving from 4pm

Informal gathering before dinner

18.30:    Dinner

19.45:    Welcome & Introductions

Session 1:   Introducing Philip Larkin: Church Going; Annus Mirabilis; I Remember, I Remember; To the Sea; This Be The Verse.

Saturday (17th March) 08.30    Breakfast

09.30    Session 2: Documentary poems: Days; The Whitsun Weddings; Places, Loved Ones; Show Saturday.

11.00    Coffee

11.30     Session 3: Poems about Love: Talking in Bed; An Arundel Tomb; For Sidney Bechet: Heads in the Women’s ward.

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Free time

16.00    Tea
16.45    Session 4:   Larkin in fiction and in real life. Has his reputation been affected by what we now know about his private life? Can the reader balance the paradox of the writer's views and attitudes (reactionary, crude racist, sexist...), with his sensitive, tender, and often brilliant poetic insights?

18.30    Dinner

19.45    Session 5:      Larkin - a grumpy old man? Toads; Toads Revisited; A Study of Reading Habits; Homage to a Government; Wild Oats; Going, Going…

Sunday (18th March) 08.30    Breakfast 09.30    Session 6:   Time passing: Sunny Prestatyn; Mr Bleaney; Dockery and Son; Aubade…

11.00    Coffee

11.30    Session 7:        Poem MCMXIV; Home is so Sad; conclusion and evaluation

12.50    Soup and sandwich lunch….
heading for home….

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Participants are asked to view in advance some of the many youtube clips on Larkin – documentaries; Larkin reading some of his poems; discussions; film interpretations of poems etc.

Course tutor:

Roger Elkin has taught poetry courses to adults in Further Education for over forty years. He is a published critic on mid-period Ted Hughes. As a prize-winning poet (55 First Prizes in International Poetry Competitions) and with eleven collections in print, he approaches the work of fellow poets with the insights of his own writing experience. In the past, Roger has successfully delivered poetry weekends for the RWF at Wedgwood College, Barlaston and at the RMT Education Centre, Doncaster on Elizabeth Bartlett, U. A. Fanthorpe, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Kantaris, D. H. Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Carole Satyamurti and W. B. Yeats.

COURSE FEES

The full fee for this study weekend package is £120 per person, which includes bed, breakfasts, lunches and evening meals. The full fee can be paid on booking or you can pay an initial deposit of £40 followed by a balance of £80 payable 3 weeks in advance of the event.

TO BOOK THIS COURSE

Places are limited, to book please fill in THIS FORM and follow the instructions therein. Places will be alloted on a first come basis. If you are not successful your fees will be refunded in full.

BURSARIES

Please note: up to two RWF bursaries are available to anyone in receipt of benefits. Successful applicants will receive the full weekend package for just £30 (plus possible support for travel expenses in addition to this). To apply, please email nick.mahony@gmail.com briefly stating why you would like to attend this study weekend and why you need a bursary. We particularly welcome applications from young people aged between 16-24.

 


A short public-access course led by
Dr Catherine Burgass at Keele University
(February-May 2018)

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pile of booksWMC LITERATURE WEEKENDS 2017-18

Continuing a long tradition of Literature weekends, WMC Literature draws people from far and wide for weekends devoted to in-depth discussion and study of books, plays and poetry, under the guidance of a tutor.

A typical weekend will focus on one or two books which we have read in advance. The tutor brings information about authors, context and themes, and a tutor-led discussion follows. Each of the six weekends may be attended as a stand-alone course.

The course begins late on Saturday afternoon with tea and biscuits and concludes with Sunday lunch, with two sessions before and after dinner on Saturday and two further sessions on Sunday morning. A bar is available on Saturday evening.

TO SEE THE PROGRAMME CLICK HERE

BOOKING FORM HERE

There are three venues, (bedrooms ensuite), all easily accessible by road or train:

Shallowford House is in a pleasant rural location, 5 miles from Stafford and 3 miles from Junction 14 on the M6. (Shallowford House, Shallowford, Stone, ST15 0NZ)

Wistaston Hall is in a leafy suburb, between Crewe and Nantwich, 2 miles from Crewe station and 8 miles from Junction 16 on the M6. (Wistaston Hall 89 Broughton Lane, Crewe, CW2 8JS)

Foxhill House, near Runcorn, is set in 70 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside 10 miles from Chester. It is within 3 miles of both Frodsham and Helsby stations. Runcorn station is a 20 minute drive. (Foxhill Retreat & Conference Centre, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, WA6 6XB)

RWF SPECIAL OFFER / GRANT
A number of places are available for £40 for those aged 18 to 40 thanks to the Raymond Williams Foundation. The Raymond Williams Foundation will also look favourably on anyone outside this age range who applies for a grant to enable them to attend. To apply, contact Jean Lowthian (Phone: 07952 799783 e-mail: jeanlowthian@tiscali.co.uk).

FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have any questions, contact Maggie Washington,
phone: 01538 751848, e-mail: chris.washington@btinternet.com