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

Tutor

Dr Tamsin Jones

Date

Saturday

11th January 2020 

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42 Non-Members: £50

The World of Musical Instruments

[one day course]

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.

The course will also look at how everyday objects can be put to musical use, and there will be an opportunity to try out some instruments. After all, it is never too late to learn an instrument and it is a very satisfying hobby that can open up the door to wonderful new friendships and experiences.

MUSICAL APPRECIATION

Tutor

Andy Hopkins

Date

Saturday

18th January 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42 Non-Members: £50

Poetry Workshop

[one day course]

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.”

CREATIVE WRITING

Tutor

Amanda Barrell

Dates

Saturdays

25th January 2020

13:00 - 16:00

29th February 2020

13:00 - 16:00

21st March 2020

14:00 - 17:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £17 per session / £42 full course

Non-Members: £20 per session / £50 full course

 

Tai Chi: Exercise and Philosophise With the Ancient Art of Tai Chi Chuan

[three week course]

Although this ancient Chinese art is a practical survival guide in many ways, it is steeped in legend and symbolism. Through these initial half day courses we will explore the basic concepts of practice, so that you can apply it to your everyday life and also gradually learn the Traditional Yang Style Long Form as an ongoing project. Each session is both separate and part of the series, so you can come to one or all to gain great value and benefit.

MOVEMENT /

MINDFULNESS

Tutor

Ceri Allen

Dates

Wednesdays

29th January - 18th March 2020

13:00 - 16:00

Fees

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

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

Fine Art Drawing:

Traditional Art School Style

[eight week 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.

ART / DRAWING

Tutor

Eliza Mood

Date

Thursday

30th January 2020

19:30 - 21:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £5

Non-Members: £7

Book Talk - 'O Man of Clay'

by Eliza Mood

[evening event]

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...”

LITERATURE /

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Tutor

Eliza Mood

Date

Friday

31st January 2020

10:00 - 13:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £21 Non-Members: £25

Writing an 'Issue' Driven Novel

[half day course]

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.

CREATIVE WRITING / CURRENT AFFAIRS

Tutor

Dr Tamsin Jones

Date

Saturday

1st February 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42 Non-Members: £50

Reading and Writing Music

[one day course]

Apologies but due to unforeseen circumstances, this course will no longer be running. It is scheduled to run in Carlisle on Sat 8th Feb if you fancy a trip to the west...

“Doe, a deer, a female deer”, “F-A-C-E” and “Every Good Boy Deserves Football”? Perhaps these cryptic phrases evoke memories of recorder classes at junior school? Or perhaps they strengthen the impression that musicians inhabit a strange and bewildering universe?

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.

MUSICAL SKILLS / APPRECIATION

Tutor

Dr Martyn Dyer-Smith

Date

Saturday 

8th February 2020

11:00 - 14:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £21

Non-Members: £25

What's Interesting About Boredom?

[half day course / lecture]

Creativity looks interesting, and boredom ... boring. But the two are linked. The novelist, Graham Greene, played Russian roulette with his revolver to get his mojo working. Boredom 'ought' to be the opposite of Stress, but they share clinical symptoms: bizarre. 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? Time goes on and on and on when we are bored but, proverbially, flies when one is having fun. If Time is money then boredom is like being flush with cash, but with nothing to buy.

PSYCHOLOGY

Tutor

Darren Harper

Dates

Tuesdays

4th February - 17th March 2020

19:00 - 20:30

[NB - no session 18th February] 

Fees

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

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

The Philosophy of Religion

[six week course / discussion group]

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?’

PHILOSOPHY / RELIGION

Date

Friday

21st February 2020

19:30 - 21:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £5

Non-Members: £7

Book Talk: 'Philosophy in the Borders'

by Michael Bavidge - Presence in a Shared World

[evening event]

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

PHILOSOPHY / LANGUAGE

Dates

Saturday

22nd February 2020

10:00 - 16:30

 

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42

Non-Members: £50

Is Religion Still Relevant?

[one day course]

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.

RELIGION / PHILOSOPHY

Tutor

Simon Green

Dates

Fridays

28th February - 27th March

18:00 - 20:00

Fees

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

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

The Influence of Photography on Art

[five week course]

The camera may have been invented in 1816, however the influence of photographic techniques can be traced as far back as far as 1430. This course will look at photography’s influence on art and photography’s gradual acceptance into the art world as a medium in its own right. We will explore various styles, techniques and influences by looking at the work of influential photographers / artists such as David Hockney, Jeff Wall, Andreas Gursky and William Eggleston.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Tutor

Dr Tamsin Jones

Date

Saturday

7th March 2020

10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42 Non-Members: £50

Japanese Culture and Customs

[one day course]

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.

CULTURE / TRAVEL

Tutor

Krista Johnston

Date

Saturday

14th March 2020

11:00 - 14:00

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £21 Non-Members: £25

Poetry Workshop:

Painting With Words

[half day course]

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.

CREATIVE WRITING

Tutor

Dr David Cross

Date

Friday

27th March 2020
11:00 - 14:00  [N.B. Lunch break 12:00 - 13:00]

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £17 Non-Members: £20

Fascinating Faces - British Portraiture &

Satirical Portraits - The Art of British Caricature

[daytime lecture pair]

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

ART HISTORY

Tutor

Dr Tamsin Jones

Date

Saturday

28th March 2020 10:00 - 16:30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £42 Non-Members: £50

Japanese in Just a Day!

[one day course]

You can learn a lot of basic Japanese in just a day! Although Japanese is typically regarded as a very challenging language to learn, it does in fact work according to simple and ingenious principles and it is possible to pick up the basic greetings and essentials for getting by in almost no time.

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

LANGUAGES / CULTURE

Tutor

Anne Jones

Date

Saturday

4th April 2020 10:00 - 12.30

Fees

Phil & Lit Members: £26 Non-Members: £30

 

The Reading List

[half day course]

Due to unforseen circumstances, this course will no longer be running.

Six-time world champion speed reader, Anne Jones, present this course which is particularly suitable for students.

You could save time and achieve more with less stress. Discover how to approach your reading stack like an expert:

- Time saving strategies
- Easy ways to boost recall
- Manage reading projects efficiently from start to completion

Students; bring one of your textbooks and start on your list immediately!

Whether you are studying for exams or a degree; training for a job; reading for a personal interest; or just want to make sure you hit that Goodreads book target; this course will give you the tools and teach you the techniques to plan efficiently, read quickly and learn effectively.

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