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

16 September to 02 December
10 am – 12 pm
Tutor: Steve Dace
Half term: week of 21 October and 28 October. Term will end on 02 December.


Steve Dace’s Monday class will be studying the poetry of the 1930s.

W.H. Auden, Cecil Day Lewis, Stephen Spender, Louis MacNeice and the other key poets of the Thirties were children of the First World War, obsessed by war and by communism, by the class-struggle and a passionate belief in poets as people whose actions are as publicly important as their poems. For them, the Spanish Civil War epitomised the mood of the times as their symbolic obsessions were transmuted into tragic reality. But from within their strongly defined unity of ideals, an astonishingly varied body of poetry emerged.

With the rise of extremist politics and nationalism, the 1930s resonates with us today and it will be interesting to see whether these poems, which are now getting on for a hundred years old, speak for our time or are limited to their historical context.

We will be using Poetry of the Thirties, published by Penguin (Twentieth-Century Classics), edited by Robin Skelton.

Tuesday and Wednesday class

17 and 18 September to 03 and 04 December.
10 am – 12 pm
Tutor: Susan Hamlyn
Half term: week of 22/23 October and 29/30 October. Term will end on 03/04 December.


Sue Hamlyn’s classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be reading and discussing Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Macbeth himself is possibly the least sympathetic of all the central characters in Shakespeare’s tragedies so what makes his story so compelling and how does a play with witches and ghosts work dramatically in the twenty-first century?

We will using The New Penguin Shakespeare edition of the play.

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. General public booking opens on 01 August. Booking at the Questors main office.

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

Additional information

For information about the courses contact Susan Hamlyn:

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