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

29 April to 08 July
10 am – 12 pm
Tutor: Steve Dace


Steve Dace’s Monday class will be studying The Other Metaphysical Poets.

Spanning the Elizabethan age to the Restoration and beyond, Metaphysical poetry sought to describe a time of startling progress, scientific discovery, unrivalled exploration and deep religious uncertainty. The selection for our study will include tightly argued lyrics, erotic and libertine considerations of love, divine poems and elegies of lament by poets such as George Herbert and Andrew Marvell, alongside pieces from other less well known but equally fascinating poets, such as Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne.

Widely varied in theme, all are characterized by their use of startling metaphors, imagery and language to express the uncertainty of an age, and a profound desire for originality that was to prove deeply influential on later poets and in particular poets of the Modernist movement such as T. S. Eliot.

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

N.B. Because of the late timing of Easter, this class will operate on 9 Mondays instead of the usual 10: 29 April, 13 and 20 May, 03, 19, 17, 24 June, 01 and 08 July.

Tuesday and Wednesday class

30 April and 01 May to 09 and 10 July.
10 am – 12 pm
Tutor: Susan Hamlyn


Susan Hamlyn’s Tuesday and Wednesday classes will take the topic of Women and War. We will share a range of works Lysistrata and The Women of Troy – two plays from ancient Greece, Brecht’s Mother Courage and Peter Whelan’s The Accrington Pals supplemented by war poems/songs.

NB The dates are different from the Monday classes. There will be ten weeks starting on 30 April and 01 May. Half term is the week of 28/29 May. Term will end on 09/10 July

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  15 April. 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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