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Tonbridge Spring and Summer 2017

Join us this Spring and Summer for one of our inspiring short courses – but be quick, they are popular! Please get in touch if you would like further information before booking.

Places are available on most courses. 

However, please note that due to a system error, available places are not showing on the overview pages:  the actual number of available places is only displayed within the information for each individual course. When a course becomes fully booked, this will be indicated within the relevant course information.   


Tel: 01732 352316
Email: tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk 
Visit: www.kent.ac.uk/tonbridge

Quick Find: Art History (1 item) | Classics (1 item) | Creative Writing (2 items) | History (1 item) | Literature (4 items) | Music (1 item)

Art History


The Art of Friendship: Ravilious and his Circle

4 weeks                                             June 5, 12, 19, 26   

Mondays                                            10.30am – 12.30pm 

Explore the work of Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Peggy Angus, Enid Marx and others in this circle of friends who inspired and influenced each other in the first half of the twentieth-century.  The course coincides with the exhibition, ‘Ravilious and Co: The Pattern of Friendship’ at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

This course is now fully booked.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk 

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05/06/201726/06/2017£55.00[Read More]



A stroll through the Underworld

Study Day          10am - 4pm

Saturday 24 June

Elysium and Tarrtarus, Styx and Phlegethon; what did the ancients think the afterlife was like? Spend a day descending to and journeying through – on a return ticket – the depths of the Underworld with the Greeks and the Romans.

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24/06/201724/06/2017£37.00[Read More]

Creative Writing


Get published!

Study Day                                          Saturday 24 June

10am – 4pm 

Smaller class group to allow for some individual attention.

This course is designed for those who are writing for publication.

The course is repeated from 2015.

Get your poems and short stories ready for publication, explore current opportunities in magazines, competitions and online, and find out what editors are looking for.

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24/06/201724/06/2017£42.00[Read More]

Walking and Writing in Tonbridge

3 alternate weeks                           June 6, 20; July 4.

Tuesday                                           1– 4pm 

Writers of all experience are welcome.

Smaller class group to allow for some individual attention. 

If you thought Tonbridge was boring, think again. It is a vibrant town and its history, architecture and people make excellent subjects for creative writers seeking inspiration. While on the course we will remind ourselves that walking can be a mindful experience, providing a different way of gathering ideas.

We regret this course has been cancelled.  Please email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk if you would like to be added to our mailing lists for future courses in this subject.

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06/06/201704/07/2017£75.00[Read More]



Queen Elizabeth I’s Men: Patriots or Profiteers?

4 weeks                                             10.30am – 12.30 pm

Thursdays                                       June 8, 15, 22, 29.  

The names of Ralegh, Drake and the Earls of Essex and Leicester alongside other favourites who circled around the Virgin Queen reverberate in history. Were they were self-sacrificing heroes, altruistic courtiers and pioneers committed to serving their queen or self-seeking adventurers who found her court a profitable place to be?

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08/06/201729/06/2017£55.00[Read More]



George Orwell

4 weeks                                   June 23, 30; July 7, 14                       

Fridays                                    10.30am – 12.30pm 

This course looks at four key works by George Orwell along with three of his essays, considering his place in the cultural and political debates of the 1930s and 40s.

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23/06/201714/07/2017£55.00[Read More]

Hard Luck! Literatures of Poverty and Austerity

Study Day                                        8 July

Saturday                                          10am – 4pm

Can fiction help us to make sense of this age of austerity? This course takes Frank McCourt’s ‘memoir’ of his destitute childhood (Angela’s Ashes) and Zadie Smith’s bleak, stylish novel NW, and seeks to investigate what we think about poverty, what we think about representing poverty, and why this matters.

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08/07/201708/07/2017£37.00[Read More]

Jane Austen’s later novels

Study Day                                        5 July

Wednesday                                       10.30am – 4.30pm   

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death it is appropriate to explore her last two composed novels (Emma and the elegiac Persuasion) and the unusual, unfinished Sanditon which promises a new social analysis. The course will also consider a comic poem written a few days before her death.

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05/07/201705/07/2017£37.00[Read More]

Thomas Hardy & the Dorset coast

5 weeks                                             May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27.

Tuesdays                                           10.30am – 12.30pm 

The beautiful and historic Dorset coastline has a dramatic history of smuggling, wrecking, press-gangs, threatened Napoleonic invasions and curious customs (particularly on the Isle of Portland), which inspired two complete Hardy novels, several short stories and episodes in other novels.

We regret this course has been cancelled.  Please email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk  if you would like to be added to our mailing lists for further courses in this subject.

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30/05/201727/06/2017£69.00[Read More]



How to listen to the music of Wagner

Study Day                                        10am – 4pm

Saturday                                           8 July  

This study day is part of a popular series of

‘How to listen to…’ to begin or more fully appreciate Classical Music.

It is not necessary to have attended the whole series to benefit

from each study day offered.

Wagner was arguably the most influential composer of the 19th century: he not only revolutionised the world of opera, but he brought an entirely new musical aesthetic to the world of orchestral music.  This course takes a chronological survey of Wagner's stage works - which range from Rienzi (1840) to Parsifal (1882) - and directs the listener to crucial points that need to be understood when appreciating Wagner’s music.

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08/07/201708/07/2017£37.00[Read More]

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