We have teamed up with Stapleford Granary to offer intensive study days on a particular author or text, taught by leading academics.
We are delighted to bring the best of literary discussion to a wide audience, with accessible lectures by outstanding Cambridge scholars. There are no pre-requisites for the Study Days – just a love of reading. Our students are of all ages, with a great range of experience.
Stapleford Granary is a beautiful building, an old granary renovated into a fantastic venue for lectures and concerts. It is 5 miles from the centre of Cambridge, easy to reach by bike, bus, or car. Shelford station is close by (20 minutes' walk) with train connections to London and central Cambridge. More information about the venue here.
Study Days 2018-19
- Sat. 15 September. Reading Woolf, A Room of One's Own. With Alison Hennegan, Frances Spalding, and Trudi Tate.
- Sat. 20 October 2018. Understanding King Lear. With Adrian Poole and Fred Parker.
- Sat. 3 November 2018. Remembering the First World War. With Kate Kennedy and Trudi Tate.
- Thursday 24 January 2019. An evening with Sophie Hannah.
Teachers: a teacher bringing 5-10 students can come for free. Maximum 10 students. Please email us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Study Day topics include:
- Reading the Partition of India: Salman Rushdie and Arundati Roy
- Remembering Slavery: Toni Morrison's Beloved
- Zadie Smith
- Kazuo Ishiguro
- How to Read Poetry: An Introduction
- Arthur Miller, A View from the Bridge
- Sylvia Plath
- D. H. Lawrence, short stories and poems
- Virginia Woolf, The Waves
- Reading Joyce's Ulysses
- John Clare, nature poet
- Introduction to Wordsworth
- Jane Austen, Emma
- Understanding Macbeth
- Understanding Romeo and Juliet
We are also planning a reading and talk by Ali Smith and others to raise money for the refugee charity, Refugee Tales. Date tbc. Venue: in central Cambridge; tbc.
Past Study Days
Information about previous study days can be found here.
Comments on To the Lighthouse Study Day
- I learned plenty of new material and LOVED doing intensive study on a single text.
- I had a wonderful time! Really liked the range of topics discussed, and was so excited to hear from renowned experts.
- Superb – thanks.
- Well planned day moving from general overview to specific aspects, much appreciated.
- I enjoyed the day very much indeed. I hope you do more of them with the same structure.
Comments on Tragedy Study Day
- Three terrific lectures.
- A great day.
- Utterly fascinating. I didn’t know what to expect. ... I was completely riveted by all the talks and the audience questions were also fascinating.
- The facilities are great. Fantastic lunch.
- Very worthwhile day school. May there be more such days!
- Inspirational teaching.
Comments on Tennyson Study Day
- Ewan Jones's poetry reading was wonderful.
- Oliver Goldstein's lecture was easy to follow and very interesting.
- It was all very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks very much!