Words and Music

  • Saxon house opening October 2016
    10am-4.30pm The course An overview of the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) language; historical background material, writing and spelling and some simple texts and prose narratives. The tutor Stephen Pollington is the author of a dozen books on the Anglo-Saxon period and especially the language/literature. He has provided the ‘voice’ for the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for TV programmes,... (more info)
  • Tudor songsSaturday 9 June 2018
    10am-4.30pm The course A course to discover some of the delightful, rousing, tender and fun songs that were favourites of the Tudors. We will sing them together in a light-hearted group experience. No musical experience is necessary. The tutor Emily Longhurst is a teacher of old English songs, particularly Folk songs and Sea Shanties and the Catches... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course From the fires of the late autumn to harvest home the following year, the farming community had a wealth of customs and songs to mark the turning of the seasons and the agricultural activities of the year. The course aims to teach these through some lively talking and discussion, but it will be mainly participatory. So be... (more info)
  • Weald & Downland Living Museum
    10:30am-5:30pm The course We will use the houses, setting and implements on display as source material to develop notebook entries and then more sustained first drafts of poems. The emphasis will be on how observational writing develops a metaphoric power. We will experiment with the emotional resonance of language concerned with making, building and gardening,... (more info)