Bollington Arts Centre


We will study the craft and achievements of novelists from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We will be tracing the evolution of each novel. The aim of this class is to enjoy together a variety of novels and try to appreciate how each “works”

In each case we will consider a writer’s craft as well as content. Students will gain confidence in use of the skills and language of formal literary appreciation.

The novels to be studied this academic year are:

Autumn 2019:
Pamela by Samuel Richardson, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson and A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale.

Spring 2020:
North and South by E Gaskell, The Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis and The Birdcage Walk by H. Dunmore.

Summer 2020:
The Little Red Chairs by E. O’Brien and The Long Song by A.Levy.

Each term we will:

  • identify characteristic features of the writing in each novel
  • briefly consider the novelist’s biography
  • formulate our own but also consider some critical opinion (expert reviews & informal blogs)

Teaching and learning methods will be varied and also attempt to reflect the preferences and skills of the group. Additional supplementary material will frequently be distributed by email for personal consideration. Working together in pairs and groups will occur most lessons.

There are no formal tests or exams. No-one will be obliged to read aloud; everyone is encouraged to join in discussion. Any related individual contributions are welcomed and class enthusiasms pursued.

You need to have a copy of each text and bring it with you to class. You are expected to have read each novel before the first time we consider it together.  Use of a kindle is fine. A notebook to record your early and evolving impressions and later notes is desirable but not required.

Ideally this course will enrich your pleasure and skill in reading texts of relative complexity but real literary merit.

Autumn term commences 18 September 2019 – Tickets £100 for the term

Spring term commences 22 January 2020- Tickets £100 for the term

Day: Wednesday

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Tutor: Jose Spinks

Wilmslow Guild is a charitable educational institution, registered charity (1151387) and company limited by guarantee (08331345). Founded in 1926, Wilmslow Guild provides lifelong learning opportunities and social activities at 14 different locations within East Cheshire including Macclesfield, Stockport and Crewe.

Contact details
 01625 523903


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