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In view of the recent developments regarding the coronavirus, we have decided that the most responsible course of action is to cancel all remaining courses and events for the rest of the term. We do offer our apologies for any disappointment this causes, but we must ensure the health and the safety of our tutors and students.

Warm wishes and good health to you all.

The Phil & Lit

Shibashi: Meditation Within Movement

[six week course]

MOVEMENT/

MINDFULNESS

Tutor

Andi Alexander

Dates 

Thursdays 

9th January - 13th February 2020

Seated: 11:00 - 12:00 Standing: 18:00 - 19:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £10 per session / £51 full course

Non-Members: £12 per session / £60 full course

The 18 Movements of Qigong
Qigong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound and focused intent.

This course is being offered in two forms; seated Shibashi in a chair during the day and standing Shibashi in the evening session.

The World of Musical Instruments

[one day course]

MUSICAL

APPRECIATION

Tutor

Dr Tamsin Jones

Date

Saturday

18th January 2020

10:00 - 16:30 

Fees

Phil & Lit

Members: £42

Non-Members: £50

Musical instruments come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny finger cymbals to mighty organs taking up entire sections of cathedrals. In this course, you will learn the major ways of categorising instruments and will develop an understanding of how instruments make sound and how musicians make music by controlling these sounds.

Book talk - 'O Man Of Clay'

by Eliza Mood

[evening event]

LITERATURE/

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Tutor

Eliza Mood

Date

Thursday

23rd January 2020

19:30 - 21:00

Fees

Phil & Lit

Members: £5

Non-Members: £7

Eliza Mood, author and climate activist, presents a talk on her recent publication, ‘O Man of Clay’- a novel set in a post-disaster world. “My book is a fable about climate change. Most of the world’s major cities have been inundated, with a tsunami wiping out the houses, shops and schools along the Hartlepool shore.The story, set over only a handful of days, flashes between the past and near future of the protagonists...”

Writing an 'Issue' Driven Novel

[half day course]

CREATIVE WRITING/

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Tutor

Eliza Mood

Date

Friday 

24th January 2020

14:00 - 17:00

Fees

Phil & Lit

Members: £21

Non-Members: £25

Following on from her recent publication and book talk at The Phil & Lit, author, Eliza Mood, presents this workshop on writing around an 'issue' or 'idea', whether it be entirely fictionalised, drawing from non-fiction or somewhere in-between the two.

 

Participation and input will be welcome from those who are either beginning a project or those who have been wrestling with fictionalising ideas and issues successfully, or less than successfully, in any genre for any number of years.

Poetry Workshop

[one day course]

CREATIVE WRITING

Tutor

Andy Hopkins

Date

Saturday 

25th January 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit

Members: £42

Non-Members: £50

As well as taking the group through a series of creative writing activities, Andy Hopkins will also guide students through editing techniques and introduce the variety of publications that might take your poems. Whether you are putting the finishing touches to your next collection or have yet to get a poem into print, come along and create a series of poems in an encouraging environment. “I have worked with poets on their third collections and beyond - and I'm happy to work with poets on their first poem. Honoured, in fact.”

Fine Art Drawing:

Traditional Art School Style

[eight week course]

ART / DRAWING

Tutor

Ceri Allen

Dates

Tuesdays

28th January - 24th March 2020

13:00 - 16:00

[NB no class on 11th February]

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £11 per session / £77 full course

Non-Members: £14 per session / £90 full course

This course is based on a Traditional Art School approach with emphasis on developing skills in the essentials of drawing. Students will investigate Form, Tone, Colour and Perspective, along with a variety of different media.

This course is being taught by professional artist, Ceri Allen, whose artwork is displayed on the covers of the brochure as our featured artist for Epiphany term.

Photograph Like a Human,

Think Like the Camera's A.I.

[five week course]

PHOTOGRAPHY

Tutor

Andrew Findlay

Dates

Tuesdays

4th February - 3rd March 2020

18:00 - 20:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £10 per session / £42 full course

Non-Members: £12 per session / £50 full course

Whatever your camera may be - DSLR, basic digital model, or even a mobile phone - this course will help you discover how to use your camera to take great pictures.

 

You will learn the pros and cons of modern cameras and step-by-step instructions to create the kind of photos you really want. You will learn about lenses, exposure and lighting in a way that actually helps you understand, without the technical jargon.

Whether you want to improve your social media showing; take better shots for your family album; enter the world of professional photography; increase your enjoyment of snapping as a hobby; or if you’ve just wondered what all those buttons on your digital camera are actually for, this course will give you a firm grounding in the world of digital photography.

 

Reading and Writing Music

[one day course]

MUSICAL SKILLS/

APPRECIATION

Tutor

Dr Tamsin Jones

Date

Saturday

8th February 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42

Non-Members: £50

 

F-A-C-E and Every Good Boy Deserves Football may remind you of primary school, but can you remember anything beyond that? Come and learn (or re-learn) your A to Gs!

 

In this course, Dr Tamsin Jones will explain easy ways of learning how to read and write music. You will find out how to extract the essential information from sheet music, lead sheets, hymn books and guitar songbooks and turn the notation from cryptography to practical tools of music-making.

The course is suitable for complete beginners, but will also offer much to interest hobbyist musicians involved in such activities as choirs, pop bands, karaoke and playing musical instruments at home.

 

What's Interesting About Boredom?

[daytime lecture]

PSYCHOLOGY

Tutor

Dr Martyn Dyer-Smith

Date

Saturday 

15th February 2020

11:00 - 14:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £21

Non-Members: £25

Creativity looks interesting, and boredom ... boring. But the two are linked.  Boredom 'ought' to be the opposite of Stress, but, bizarrely, they share clinical symptoms. The novelist, Graham Greene, played Russian roulette with his revolver to get his mojo working, but is that perhaps an extreme way to stave off boredom?

 

It was found, in a series of experiments, that there was a 40-fold difference in individual susceptibility to boredom. But is it an Emotion or a Thought? And if you can be bored "stiff" or "to death", why does it set your foot a-tapping? 

All these questions and more will be answered in this surprisingly entertaining lecture about the nature of boredom.

 

The Philosophy of Religion

[six week course / discussion group]

PHILOSOPHY/

RELIGION

Tutor

Darren Harper

Dates

Wednesdays

19th February - 25th March 2020

19:00 - 20:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £5 per session / £27 full course

Non-Members: £7 per session / £30 full course

 

The course consists of lectures and debate on the philosophy of religion. It aims to provide a grounding in the central questions about religion which have concerned philosophers for two and a half thousand years. The questions discussed on the course will include: Can the existence of God be proved? Is belief in God compatible with the amount of suffering in the world?’

We can't promise any definitive answers, but you can be assured of a fascinating class and plenty of lively debate and discussion.

 

Poetry Workshop :

Painting With Words

[half day course]

CREATIVE WRITING

Tutor

Krista Johnston

Date

Saturday

22nd February 2020

11:00 - 14:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £21

Non-Members: £25

This course will introduce you to the practice of ‘ekphrasis’, showing you how to use the visual arts as a constant source of poetic inspiration. We will analyse the words of Sylvia Plath and William Carlos Williams to understand the power of this exercise. Students will be given a variety of visual prompts throughout, as well as opportunities for workshopping and feedback. With a combination of informative lecture, group work and individual feedback, this course will provide invaluable techniques to help students to draw inspiration from the world around them and to create and refine their poetry.

 

Is Religion Still Relevant?

[one day course]

RELIGION/

PHILOSOPHY

Tutor

Dr Aidan Gillespie

Date

Saturday

29th February 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42

Non-Members: £50

Religion is a contentious term and can be understood in numerous ways. Seeking to understand if religion has any place in British society, this course will develop learners' understanding of the ways in which religion has been articulated and conceptualised. Philosophy, sociology, spirituality and education perspectives will all be used and we will draw on learners' own views and stories. Material will be presented in an accessible way and will be developed through paired and small group work. An interactive lecture with thought-provoking discussion.

 

Fascinating Faces - British Portraiture &

Satirical Portraits - The Art of British Caricature

[daytime lecture pair]

ART HISTORY

Tutor

Dr David Cross

Date

Friday 

13th March 2020

11:00 - 14:00

[NB - lunch break 12:00 - 13:00]

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £17

Non-Members: £20

Fascinating Faces: British Portraiture

Great characters of history have always held a fascination for British people, perhaps because there seems to be a dearth of great men and women in our own times. Though most portraits, until the 18th century, were commissioned from visiting foreign artists, gradually a British school arose, bolstered by the example and ambition of Reynolds. This lecture will explore the diversity of British portraiture from the 16th century to the present.

Satirical Portraits: The Art of British Caricature

The golden age of British caricature was the 18th century, when Gillray and Rowlandson honed their skills of observation, catching the quirks and foibles of kings and politicians. However, caricature was not a British invention, having its roots in Italy with the grotesques of Leonardo and the generic satirical drawings of the Carraci. This lecture explores these Italian origins and then gives a chronological survey of British caricature from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries

 

Japanese Culture and Customs

[one day course]

CULTURE/

TRAVEL

Tutor

Dr Tamsin Jones

Date

Saturday 

14th March 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42

Non-Members: £50

The culture of Japan is fascinating because of its blend of ancient traditions and leading- edge technologies. Japanese comics, music and dramas are exerting a powerful influence on youth culture through the internet, while the timeless appeal of temples, teahouses and geisha ceremonies are attracting tourists to the country in record numbers.

This course will identify and examine the characteristic features of Japanese culture and explain them in reference to the country’s history and geography. Students will learn about the country’s unique two-religion system, how it is that the Japanese are able to cope with natural and other disasters that would cripple many other societies and about many other intriguing facets of Japan from its cuisine to sumo wrestling and extreme game shows.

There will also be an opportunity to sample real Japanese food and drink.

 

Book Talk: 'Philosophy in the Borders'

by Michael Bavidge - Presence in a shared world

[evening event]

PHILOSOPHY/

LANGUAGE

Tutor

Michael Bavidge

Date

Friday 

20th March 2020

19:30 - 21:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £5

Non-Members: £7

In language we voice our engagement with the world, express our relationships with each other, formulate theories and weave imaginary worlds. We have to acquire language, grow into the moral life, and come to know other people. We will discuss the main theme from my book ‘Philosophy in the Borders’ - our presence in a shared world.

"The borders I have in mind are not lines of demarcation (not walls, checkpoints or lines on maps). They are stretches of territory - spaces of transition, trade and uncertainty - between more self-contained and settled regions... Philosophy itself is a sort of critical reflection that takes place in these disputed areas."  - Michael Bavidge

 

Performing Poetry and

Poetry Performance

[one day course]

CREATIVE WRITING/

PERFORMANCE

Tutor

Andy Hopkins

Date

Saturday

28th March 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42

Non-Members: £50

If you are an old hand on the spoken word circuit, or if you have never read a poem (either your own or someone else's) out loud before to a group of people, this course will offer support and guidance for you. It will be a keen ear (and eye) and a good friend.
As well as looking carefully at modern poetry practitioners we will take guidance from the very best contemporary poets in performance. We will cover how to seem confident (when you are not!), breath control, volume and delivery, the 'performance trick-bag' and pragmatics like mic technique and open mic 'dos and don’ts'!

 

Japanese in Just a Day!

[one day course]

LANGUAGES/

CULTURE

Tutor

Dr Tamsin Jones

Date

Saturday

4th April 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42

Non-Members: £50

This course will cover the daily greetings and pleasantries that will delight your Japanese hosts on a trip to Japan and will offer the most crucial words required to get by, as well as the grammatical tools for putting them together. Thanks to the wonderful device of “katakana eigo” you will also learn how to say something in Japanese even when you don’t know how to say it in Japanese!

The principles behind the Japanese writing system will be explained and you will learn how to write your own name in real Japanese script.

 

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