Literature Class

Our Literature Courses offer a variety of informal literary-themed classes for anyone looking for a place to meet with fellow enthusiasts and discuss different texts.

Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings from 10.00am – 12.00pm and focus on a different topic each term. Groups are open to all over-18s and new participants are always welcome.

Monday class

21 January to 01 April
10 am – 12 pm
Tutor: Steve Dace
Please note no classes run during half-term, week commencing 25 February.


Steve Dace’s class will read and study two plays by Arthur Miller.

Death of a Salesman premiered on Broadway, then opened in London in 1949. It has been performed all over the world. In the UK, it has been produced by the RSC and the National Theatre; at the time of writing, there is a revival of the play at The Royal Exchange, Manchester. In its powerful presentation of unfulfilled aspirations, built on the false promises of consumerism, the play still has plenty of resonance seventy years on.

The Crucible was first performed in 1953 and is a dramatised and partially fictionalised story of the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts during the 1690s. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists. In reading and discussing the play, one of our lines of inquiry will be whether it has any political or social relevance today.
We will be using the Penguin Modern Classics edition of both plays.

Tuesday and Wednesday class

22 & 23 January to 2 & 3 April
10 am – 12 pm
Tutor: Susan Hamlyn
Please note no classes run during half-term, week commencing 25 February.


Susan Hamlyn’s class will consider Poems About……?

Poems do not have to be about love, war, death, nature, children, God, animals, the sea, flowers and old things – though, of course, these are perennial subjects and many of our greatest poems are meditations on such things.

We are going to spend this term reading poems about:

Music, Trees, Paintings, Water, Rooms, Journeys, Fish, Cats, Sex, Places. The term is designed to be an enjoyable and varied exploration of poems simply for the pleasure of reading them though we will also consider poetry’s role in thinking about such things.

Course fees

Each course is £80 for members, £95 for non-members. Reading materials for each course are provided for a small additional fee.


Courses are open to all and new participants are most welcome.

Priority booking is available for current course members.

To book please contact Jane Mason: or 0208 567 0011.

Additional information

For more information about the courses please contact Susan Hamlyn:

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