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Our languages and culture courses span the length and breadth of England and Scotland, with the option to study online or in person at a time that suits you. Whether you’re looking to learn a new language and immerse yourself in another country, or you simply wish to indulge in your love and fascination of film, we have the course for you. 

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Our creative writing courses will nourish your inner writer, providing you with a platform to develop your love of poetry, non-fiction or script development. If literature courses are more your kind of thing, then you’re in luck too, as there are a wide range of topics to choose from.  

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Our language courses offer you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely new culture, developing your skills so that you can speak confidently in countries right across the world. German, Italian and Greek are just a few examples of the language courses we have to offer, with many others taking place throughout the year.  

As you’d expect, literary greats such as Agatha Christie and Shakespeare feature regularly. There’s also the option to examine other time periods in English literature too, helping you develop your critical reading and analysis skills - perfect whether you’re a beginner or more experienced in the subject.  

If you prefer history then you’ve got a choice too, from courses on subjects you’d expect such as the first world war, or art history and studying the works of iconic painters such as Salvador Dali. 

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Whatever course you choose, you'll learn in a supportive environment where the class sizes are small, ensuring you get the attention you deserve, with an experienced and qualified tutor on-hand to guide you through your learning too.  

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Literature: Portraits of Society, 1954 – 1961 The Angry Decade?

We will discuss four novels, published between 1954 and 1961, and think about whether they have stood the test of time. Much of this period has been labelled as the decade of The Angry Young Men. We will be thinking about what that means, and whether any of these four novels belong in that grouping as we look, in detail, at The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins; Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis; The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark and A Severed Head, by Iris Murdoch. We will consider how these writers present society.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014010
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Film & Media: Deciphering the news

People’s main source of news used to be newspapers. Then along came radio. Then television. Then even more television. Then social media – Facebook, Twitter (now known as X), Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube. Even if you don’t subscribe to any of these platforms, the noise they generate finds its way into the media you do consume. There is no escape. How do you make sense of it all? How do you sift truth from disinformation and misinformation? What’s in it for the people telling you the news? Come and join retired BBC Journalist Andrew Vincent for an exciting course full of debate! Set in a relaxed environment with others and led by Andrew who will ensure a fantastic experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St Mark's Methodist Church (Cheltenham)
Gloucester Road
Cheltenham
GL51 8PX
Tutor:
Andrew Vincent
Course code:
Q00014032
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Music Appreciation: Through Drumming

This course will be delivered through a combination of hands-on drumming sessions, interactive workshops, guided listening sessions, cultural explorations, and performances. Participants will have access to a variety of drums and instruments for hands-on learning and practice. Learners will explore the rich diversity of musical traditions and cultures through drumming develop foundational rhythmic skills and techniques on various percussion instruments.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
The Eagle Building (Sunderland)
201 High Street East, Sunderla
Sunderland
SR1 2AX
Tutor:
Mark Barfoot
Course code:
Q00014530
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Literature: Exploring Form in Poetry

Over the 10-week period, you’ll pay close attention to 10 different poetic forms such as, including the nocturne, haibun, prose poem, villanelle, golden shovel, pantoum, epistle, elegy, acrostic, couplet, ekphrastic, through close readings of selected verses, you’ll explore formal context and development in relation to your own work. You’ll also participate in lively discussions regarding formal aspects and question the use of techniques and experimentation. Prompts will be provided to support you with drafting your formal piece and you’ll be encouraged to continue your work at home in between sessions. Openness is encouraged but you won’t be asked to share more than you are comfortable with. Connect to and support a writing community.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ione Harris
Course code:
Q00009882
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

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Literature: Portraits of Society, 1954 – 1961 The Angry Decade?

We will discuss four novels, published between 1954 and 1961, and think about whether they have stood the test of time. Much of this period has been labelled as the decade of The Angry Young Men. We will be thinking about what that means, and whether any of these four novels belong in that grouping as we look, in detail, at The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins; Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis; The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark and A Severed Head, by Iris Murdoch. We will consider how these writers present society.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014011
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Creative Writing: Writing Love

If you’ve promised yourself one day you’ll start writing, these are the classes for you! This workshop will introduce you to techniques to bring a city alive in your stories, either fictional or non fiction, long or short form writing. This workshop consists of a blend of activities: writing exercises to practice your craft; close reading of extracts from published inspirational writers and teaching points on creative writing techniques. There is an opportunity to share your fresh words in small groups and receive gentle, appreciative feedback. All classes are open to writers of all genres and level. They are stand-alone: book for one or come for all! Q00014466 - Writing the City - Wednesday 17th April Q00014474 -Writing Travel Stories - Wednesday 1st May 2024 10am-12pm Q00014475 - Two sides to every story: braided stories - Wednesday 8th May 2024 10am-12pm

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 24/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Nicola Torode
Course code:
Q00014467
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £7.40

Intermediate Spanish

Build up your knowledge of everyday Spanish and gain confidence communicating on your next trip. These intermediate Spanish lessons will boost your language skills so you feel comfortable communicating in everyday situations. Order food and drink, ask for directions, and understand basic instructions. After this intermediate Spanish language course, you'll feel confident expressing yourself in Spanish.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Morpeth Methodist Church (Morpeth)
Howard Terrace
Morpeth
NE61 1HU
Tutor:
Ignacio Gonzalez
Course code:
Q00014749
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Creative Writing: Can you Write it? An Introduction to Creative Writing

Are you a secret scribbler or a wannabe best seller? Have you always thought you could write stories and poems? Or maybe you already have some experience but what to grow and develop your writing. In this supportive and friendly session, you will write a poem and/short story and share it with the group. This workshop will inspire and challenge and will be followed by a longer course. And there will be lots of fun. Come prepared to write, write, write.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 24/04/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Peters and Pauls Millennium Hall (Pon
Millennium Hall
Barnsley Road, South Elmsall
Pontefract
WF9 2BJ
Tutor:
Carrie Hanson
Course code:
Q00015270
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Architecture: The History of Italian Architecture

Italy has been the cradle of so much of European architecture - Roman building throughout the Empire, Early Christian church designs flowing from Emperor Constantine’s adoption of the Christian faith, the development of the Romanesque style, building in the Italian Renaissance, progression into the Baroque and on to the modern era with international architects such as Renzo Piano. We will pick out examples in each of these periods to enable students to recognise the work of some of the most famous individuals in this remarkable development. This course will combine short lectures with discussion sessions, backed by colour - illustrated notes.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/04/2024 -
Thu 09/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
St Mary's Church Annex (Wargrave)
Mill Green
Station Road
Wargrave
RG10 8EU
Tutor:
Keith Hasted
Course code:
Q00013787
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £30.00

Creative Writing: Roots' Creative Writing Group –  Sense of Place: Showing & Telling

Practice techniques for creating short stories, true or untrue. We'll apply the principles of short fiction to our writing, with the focus this term on thinking about how point-of-view impacts on structure. There will be writing exercises, discussions, an optional weekly homework task and feedback. Guidance on feedback techniques will be provided. The course content has flexibility, and will be adapted to suit the needs of the group. Suitable for improvers. This course uses the same content as the Thursday evening course, Sense of Place: Showing & Telling, and the Friday morning course, Sense of Place: Showing & Telling.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/04/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014013
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £55.50