THE WOOL-GATHERER



COURSES IN 2017


PARCEVALL HALL
 
Friday - Monday March 27 - 30 2017
IRISH WRITING
 
A varied and cheerfully random selection of Irish authors to enjoy, from the 18th century to the present day, some very well-known (Goldsmith, Yeats, Joyce) and some less so. Poetry, plays, short stories and novels – a taster perhaps for further investigation in the future. There will be music, too! Fine writing from a beautiful country, and no Blarney. 
 
 
Monday - Thursday September 18 - 21 
MURDER, MAYHEM AND MACHIAVELLI

The Elizabethan and Jacobean stage was a robust arena. Passions run high, poisons are plentiful, and the actors show off their fencing skills. The course will look at how Shakespeare’s contemporaries, such as Middleton, Chapman and Webster, delivered thrills which made good box-office, but also commented seriously and poignantly on the morality of the age – in scintillating verse.
Contact details: Parcevall Hall, Appletreewick, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6DG; 01756 720213; admin@parcevallhall.org.uk


HIGHAM HALL
 
Friday to Sunday, July 28 - 30
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
 

A course to tie in with an outdoor performance of the play in the grounds of Higham Hall by the Festival Players on the Saturday afternoon. The sessions will be as follows:

1)  Friday evening:  Introduction and Stage History

2)  Saturday morning:  The Many Layers of a Large Onion: How Shakespeare constructed Falstaff

3)               ,,                 The Green-eyed Monster; Jealousy finds a home even in light comedies

4)  Saturday evening:  Discussion with the cast

5)  Sunday morning:  Shakespeare’s Middle England: its strengths and weaknesses

6)              ,,                English Besieged: the play as linguistic extravaganza
 
 
HIGHAM HALL is a comfortable house set in spectacular Lake District scenery. It runs a wide variety of residential courses. For further details and to make a booking, contact:
 
Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH; 017687 76276; admin@highamhall.com 
 
 

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE, Aberystwyth branch

Fridays, 10.30-12.30, at the Richmond Hotel
 
A regular course on various literature topics, with particular reference to live relay drama broadcasts. For more details, contact me on 01974 298081 or e-mail woolgathererinwales@operamail.com 
 
 

 
UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE SUMMER SCHOOL

ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, CIRENCESTER 

Monday - Thursday, August 14 - 17

MUSIC BEFORE THE MICROCHIP

It is more than 50 years since the 78 rpm record became obsolete, but it has not lost its capacity to give pleasure. This course invites you to hear the music of your youth, your parents’ youth, and your grandparents’ youth on a variety of machines dating from the turn of the 20th century onwards. You will need an open mind and ear: you will hear everything from chamber music to rock’n’roll. Forget the world of downloading, and be entertained by these proud, old-time survivors.

 

Contact:  The Third Age Trust, The Old Municipal Building, 19 East Street, Bromley, Kent BR1 1QE; tel. 020 8466 6139; events@u3a.org.uk

 

Please note: To attend any courses or summer schools, it is necessary to be a member of the U3A (subscription £15 in 2017).