Literature Class

Questors Literature Course

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

Dates and details to come in due course


In the summer term, Steve Dace’s Monday class will read and study Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare’s fascinating take on the medieval tale set in the Greek-Trojan war. Shakespeare drew on a number of sources for the play’s plot, including Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and Homer’s Iliad. Seeing how he adapted these sources for the stage will be one aspect of our study.

Usually categorised as a “problem” play, Troilus and Cressida is full of ambiguity and has in many ways a modern sensibility. Throughout the play, the tone veers between bawdy comedy and tragic gloom. Shakespeare constantly questions values such as hierarchy, honour and love, creating an unsettling dramatic experience. The question is: does it work? That will be a prominent theme of our discussion.

It would be preferable if everyone had the same text: The Oxford Shakespeare edition of Troilus and Cressida, edited by Kenneth Muir is the edition that Steve will be using.  
Tuesday and Wednesday class.

Tuesday and Wednesday class

Dates and details to come in due course


Susan Hamlyn’s Tuesday and Wednesday classes will again launch into Poetry About…. Each week, we will read and discuss poems on different themes. This term’s themes include Clothes, Mothers, Work and Mirrors.

Copies of the poems will be provided, with a charge of £2.50 for photocopying.

Course fees

Each course is £80 for members, £95 for non-members. Course books will be provided at a cost of £3.00 each or participants are welcome to bring their own copies or download the plays from the internet.


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

Priority booking is available for current course members. 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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