THE WOOL-GATHERER



COURSES IN 2018


PARCEVALL HALL
 
Monday - Thursday, April 9 - 12 
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 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. (There will be no repetition of authors or works featured in a parallel course in 2017.) 
 
 
Monday - Wednesday, September 24 - 26 
SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS

The Shakespeare sonnets remain one of the peaks of poetic achievement. Within their apparently identical and restrictive packaging, they are elegant, witty, raw, ruminative, rousing - sometimes all at once. What do they have to say, and how do they get their effects? Some sonnets by other writers will be included for comparison, and we will also look at Shakespeare's other non-dramatic verse.
 
Parcevall Hall is a welcoming and peaceful house, dating originally from around 1600, set in beautiful Wharfedale scenery, with a delightful garden which is open to the public. It is a diocesan retreat house with a special atmosphere, and its courses offer particularly good value.
 
Contact details: Parcevall Hall, Appletreewick, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6DG; 01756 720213; admin@parcevallhall.org.uk


HIGHAM HALL
 
Friday to Sunday, July 27 - 29
THE WINTER'S TALE
 

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; Thank You, Robert Greene

2)  Saturday morning:  Dealing with Difficult Kings

3)               ,,                 A Romp in Rural Bohemia

4)  Saturday evening:  Discussion with the cast

5)  Sunday morning:  A Cascade of Improbabilities - do they matter?

6)              ,,                The Language of the Play - a selective tour of Shakespeare's Workshop  
 
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 Aberystwyth Arts Centre
 
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 
 
Please note: To attend any U3A courses or summer schools, it is necessary to be a member (subscription £15 in 2018).