THE WOOL-GATHERER



COURSES IN 2020


PARCEVALL HALL
 
Monday - Wednesday, March 30 - April 1
CHAUCER
 
Chaucer now seems to be treated as the purveyor of rollicking pseudo-Medieval romps, flattened of course into modern English: not a fate which genius deserves. This course will sidestep the favourites beloved of travelling players and setters of school syllabuses, and give a glimpse of his quality through some of his less familiar Canterbury Tales, as well as taking you on a journey to some strange places of the imagination where you will meet duchesses, goddesses, birds, good women - and not so good women.
 
 
Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15
TALES FROM THE UNDERWORLD

The borderline between Earth and Hell has always been permeable enough to enable writers to invite some unsavoury characters to pay us a visit and curdle our blood. The fear is salutary, no doubt - and the commercial potential gratifying. This course will look at creepy and demonic spiritual intruders - mostly in early drama, but with one or two modern surprises, just in case you thought you were safe.
 
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. 


HIGHAM HALL
 
Friday - Sunday, July 24-26
HENRY V
 

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:  Hero or War Criminal?

3)               ,,                  History, 'History' and Travesty

4)  Saturday evening:  Discussion with the cast

5)  Sunday morning:  Foreigners and their foibles

6)              ,,                The Prequel and Sequel to the French Adventure  
 
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.  
 
 

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
 
Wednesdays, 10.30-12.30, at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre
 
A course on Greek and Latin literature, giving a brief taster of a different writer at each meeting, using translations, but always with a glimpse of the original. This is not a language course, and no previous knowledge will be assumed. The group meets once a month, usually on the 3rd Wednesday. Please contact me for more details (see above).