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Studying English is an introductory series of seminars that covers six weeks between 22nd May to 26th June 2019. Taught by experts in the subjects of literature, language and creative writing and based in the Vicarage, Parkgate Road Campus, participants will be taught in two classes on Wednesdays. There will be 12 sessions, with two, two-hour seminars each day. You will explore a range of literary texts, have a tour of English word classes and be introduced to key genres of creative writing.

Sherlock Holmes features, along with an in-depth look at characters in classic books by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Margaret Atwood and Jeanette Winterson. One session is dedicated to Golden Age Detective Fiction, and others to writing poetry and Flash Fiction. 


Photo: Dr Eileen Pollard

Course leader Dr Eileen Pollard, an English lecturer at the University of Chester’s School of Humanities, said: “Anyone interested in literature, or in studying literature, will discover the power of words as they enjoy this short course.

“Anyone is welcome – the course has been carefully designed using a diverse range of texts, to broaden and deepen participants’ understanding of literature.”

The programme starts with two seminars on Wednesday, May 22 – a lecture by Naomi Walker discussing F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (11am until 1pm) and another by Sarah Martin, looking at Golden Age Detective Fiction, from 2pm until 4pm.

Other seminars include studies of Sherlock Holmes and Psychogeography (May 29), Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (June 19) and an Introduction to Creative Writing (June 26). The cost of the full course is £130, or £15 per individual session. However, the course is free to A level students, people over the age of 60 and people receiving benefits. For more information, full programme details or to book a place, please contact Dr Eileen Pollard  at



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