One thing most people know about Cambridge is that it has the most astonishing number of world-class, academic experts – in all fields from archaeology to zoology and pretty much everything in between. However, not many people realise that you don’t have to be a student at the University to get access to some of this expertise and knowledge. Take Literature Cambridge for example with their novel idea for literary buffs.
Set up in 2015 by Trudi Tate, herself a Fellow of Clare Hall, who teaches Victorian and modern literature, Literature Cambridge launched with a series of summer schools where pupils spend a week immersed in the life and works of their favourite authors. Enlisting an impressive roster of luminaries to teach, from ground-breaking Professor Dame Gillian Beer to distinguished art historian Professor Frances Spalding, Trudi’s inaugural summer course on Virginia Woolf in 2016 was a resounding success. Two summer courses run every year and attract a wide range of students from home and abroad.
Literature Cambridge also run a successful series of Study Days – making studying literature accessible for readers who want to take a closer look at classic works. The series of seven study days starts in September and carries on once a month through to the following April. Authors to be studied in 2019-20 include D H Lawrence, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Shakespeare as well as the more recent Toni Morrison and a special day on how to read poetry. Once again, Trudi has put together an impressive line-up of enthusiastic and world-expert teachers – all with a Cambridge connection.
Study Days are paused during the covid-19 pandemic, and are expected to resume in February 2021 at Kettle's Yard. Details on the website. In the meantime, Literature Cambridge have created an exciting series of Online Study Sessions with a great line up of Cambridge lecturers offering lectures and seminars on some marvellous writers, including Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield, George Eliot, Dickens, Shakespeare, and much more. Bookings on the website.
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