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Courses at Gladstone's Library

Please note that courses should be booked by contacting Reception, either by calling 01244 532350, emailing or by coming into visit us.  Courses cannot be booked online. 


Film and Theology

Friday 25 - 27 April 2014

Trapero's White Elephant

This hugely successful film course returns to Gladstone's for the seventeenth outing of this annual film and theology weekend. Over the course of these three days films will be viewed, discussed and reflected upon.

To be included: Frears' Philomena (2013),Banard’s The Selfish Giant (2013), Trapero’s White Elephant (2013), Ross' The Hunger Games (2012), Oppenheimer's  The Act of Killing (2012), Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973).

Essential viewing, Book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £168 - £188 residential/ £98 non-residential


R.S. Thomas: A Masterwork of Doubting Belief

Friday 23 - Sunday 25 May

R.S. Thomas

'...For your self firstly, and then if other people want to join in then there we are.' - R.S. Thomas

John G. McEllhenney, author and a long time correspondent with Thomas, offers a fresh insight on the poems of R.S. Thomas in a course which will allude to issues raised in his book: A Masterwork of Doubting Belief.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £168 - £188 residential/ £98 non-residential


This independent course is run by Aberystwyth University

New Directions: Coaching and Developing Self and Others with Aberystwyth University

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 June and Friday 20 – Sunday 22 June

This new course draws on current thinking in applied psychology and allows for the development of both self-awareness and interpersonal skills. The focus will be on improving communication techniques and dealing with difficult situations. You will be shown ways to improve work/life balance by managing stress and developing mindfulness. Learn how to motivate yourself and others.

Enrolment forms can be acquired from P5 Campws Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UX or online or by contacting Paula Hughes by e-mail. To be eligible for the course you must have pre-enrolled 

Fee £140; £120 concessions and early bird discount of £20 if pre-enrolled by 7 April (prices not including accommodation)

If you have no first degree, reside in Wales and are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be able to get your course fees subsidised, or paid for.  Please enquire about the fee waiver scheme.


This independent course is run by Aberystwyth University

Creative Writing Summer School with Aberystwyth University

Following in from last year's success, we have once again chosen Gladstone's Library as the venue for our Creative Writing Summer School, designed as an opportunity for writers of all levels to escape the day to day, receive expert tuition and immerse themselves in their passion for writing.  The courses can be taken as 'stand alones' or as a series of three.  Feel free to browse and select the course(s) most likely to enthral you.  Our tutors want to inspire you to start writing and keep on writing!  

Writing Detective and Thriller Fiction, with Jeremy Hughes:  12 - 15 June 2014

Detective and thriller fiction is enormously popular and draws on special skills, from an intricate plot to sound research and enduring characters which can span a series of books. From beginnings with Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this course will look at the historical context, the enormous range within the genre from ‘Cozy’ crime to literary, visceral and the rise of Nordic crime, and explore the skills needed for successful detective and thriller fiction.

All courses start at 2pm Thursday and finish at 12.30pm Sunday 

Fee £90 (£80 Gostyngol / Concessions).  Fee Waiver Scheme available – please contact learning@aber.ac.uk for details.

To book one or more of these courses, please contact:  Aberystwyth University, School of Education and Lifelong Learning learning@aber.ac.uk

To book accommodation at the library at special discount rates, please contact 01244 532350 / Enquiries@gladlib.org or book online


History is Bunk

Monday 23 - Friday 27 June

Death of the Firstborn - Alma Tadema

'History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history that we make today.' Henry Ford.

Professor Lyn Bechtel invites you to take a backward look at the Exodus, Joshua, Second Isiah and the return of Judah, and asks: if history is re-written as propaganda - where does that leave the word of God?

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £336 - £376 residential/ £196 non-residential


This independent course is run by Aberystwyth University

Creative Writing Summer School with Aberystwyth University

Following in from last year's success, we have once again chosen Gladstone's Library as the venue for our Creative Writing Summer School, designed as an opportunity for writers of all levels to escape the day to day, receive expert tuition and immerse themselves in their passion for writing.  The courses can be taken as 'stand alones' or as a series of three.  Feel free to browse and select the course(s) most likely to enthral you.  Our tutors want to inspire you to start writing and keep on writing!  

Writing Ecology: Writing Your Own Square Mile, with Chris Kinsey:  26 - 29 June 2014

Admiration for the person who knows his or her own 'milltir sgawr'? (square mile) intimately is a longstanding feature of Welsh cultural life. Following the example of writers as Thoreau, Gillian Clarke and R.S. Thomas, each student will explore and record the natural world on their own doorstep. From parks to back gardens to celebrated beauty spots, we all have our own 'square mile'?

All courses start at 2pm Thursday and finish at 12.30pm Sunday 

Fee £90 (£80 Gostyngol / Concessions).  Fee Waiver Scheme available – please contact learning@aber.ac.uk for details.

To book one or more of these courses, please contact:  Aberystwyth University, School of Education and Lifelong Learning learning@aber.ac.uk

To book accommodation at the library at special discount rates, please contact 01244 532350 / Enquiries@gladlib.org or book online


The Essence of Christian Liberalism

Friday 4 - Sunday 6 July

Seven Liberal Arts - Marten de Vos

Does liberal theology have a future? Or is it a concept that has had its time? Ian Bradley, Garry Dorrien, Peter Francis, Martyn Percy, Larry Siedentop, Keith Ward and Linda Woodhead investigate how we can re-present liberal theology for the 21st Century.Liberal Christianity has an honorable history but does it have a future in an increasingly polarised world. What is the essence of liberal Christianity? Can it be redefined for the twenty-first century?

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £200 - £228 residential/ £120 non-residential


This independent course is run by Aberystwyth University

Creative Writing Summer School with Aberystwyth University

Following in from last year's success, we have once again chosen Gladstone's Library as the venue for our Creative Writing Summer School, designed as an opportunity for writers of all levels to escape the day to day, receive expert tuition and immerse themselves in their passion for writing.  The courses can be taken as 'stand alones' or as a series of three.  Feel free to browse and select the course(s) most likely to enthral you.  Our tutors want to inspire you to start writing and keep on writing!  

Writing in Genre, with Lara Clough:  10 - 13 July 2014

An introduction to writing in various fictional genres - horror, detective fiction, comedy, science fiction, or romance. We will examine how genre functions and identify their ‘rules’ and conventions. Each student will then develop, and receive feedback on, a writing project in their genre of choice.

All courses start at 2pm Thursday and finish at 12.30pm Sunday 

Fee £90 (£80 Gostyngol / Concessions).  Fee Waiver Scheme available – please contact learning@aber.ac.uk for details.

To book one or more of these courses, please contact:  Aberystwyth University, School of Education and Lifelong Learning learning@aber.ac.uk

To book accommodation at the library at special discount rates, please contact 01244 532350 / Enquiries@gladlib.org or book online


Gladstone Umbrella

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 July

Gladstone with an Umbrella

Gladstone’s Library, a national memorial to the Grand Old Man, is the perfect setting for the annual colloquium for scholars and Gladstone enthusiasts. This weekend includes a trip to Gladstone’s Temple of Peace at Hawarden Castle.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £168 - £188 residential/ £98 non-residential


Welsh in a Week 

Monday 28 July - Sunday 3 August

Mabinogion Text

For the old or young; the seasoned gossip or the blossoming  bard. Intended for all interested participants, this is for you and requires no prior knowledge. Julie Brake will ensure that you leave us with a new language.Nid ydynt yn credu i ni? Gweler er eich hunan.'

All you need to bring is a pencil and a desire to learn.

Tickets: Full inclusive price: £504 - £564 residential/ non-residential £294


Hebrew in a Week

Monday 4 - Sunday 10 August

Hebrew

לא מאמינים לנו? ראה בעצמך

Lyn Bechtel offers this exciting way in which to enjoy and understand Biblical Hebrew.  This staple of the Gladstone’s calendar is a tried and tested means of either beginning from scratch or revising.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price £564 - £504 residential/ non-residential £294


Greek in a Week

Monday 11 - Sunday 17 August

Greek Text

Δεν μας πιστεύετε; Δείτε και μόνοι σας

Profess and philosophise with Aristotle! Ideal for anyone wishing to learn New Testament Greek or even those wanting to improve their knowledge of it.  This tried and tested course - a very successful way of learning the basics of New Testament Greek - is now in its seventeenth year and is led by New Testament scholar Kalyan Dey.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £504 - £564 residential/ non-residential £294


Latin in a Week

Monday 18 - Sunday 24 August

Homer's 'Illiad' with Gladstone's Annotations in Greek

Non creditis nos? Cernere ipsos!

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was your Latin.

Robert Parker returns for another year to lead you by hand down the dusty annals of Classic Latin.  Does the possessive go there? or does that word belong to that gender? Is that the right  tense? Robert knows, and he will help. For first time speakers or veterans - this is for you.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £504 - £564 residential/ non-residential £294


Latin Second Steps

Sunday 31 August - Thursday 4 September

Prologus Ioanni Vulgata Clementina

Advance booking is recommended.Intended for those who have completed Robert’s earlier course (either this year or previously) this course will take your hard-earned grammatical knowledge of Latin forward to the next step, and from there - who knows?The inimitable Robert Parker returns to Gladstone's Library ready to marshall and advance your Latin abilities.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £336 - £376 residential/ non-residential £196


The Book of Ruth

Monday 8 - Thursday 11 September

'Ruth and Naomi' by Pieter Lastman

Lyn Bechtel offers an advanced reading of the Book of Ruth looking at the text through the lens of a Hebrew scholar.  Intended for those that have at some point attended one of her hugely popular 'Hebrew in a Week' courses (or have a working knowledge of the language from elsewhere). Lyn will be building up your knowledge of syntax, translation and grammar around this staple Biblical text.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £252 - £282 residential/ non-residential £147


The Quest for the Original John

Monday 15 - Thursday 18 September

'Bede Contemplates John's Gospel' by J.D. Penrose

Kalyan Dey tries to uncover the original writer of the gospel of John and to reveal his message and his purpose in writing. A fascinating and surprising, almost Sufiistic approach, to John’s gospel that reveals a new understanding of the text.How much of a text is tied to the understanding of the writer and how much is our understanding of the text itself.?

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £252 - £282 residential/ non-residential £147


Films of Faith and Doubt

Monday 3 - Thursday 6 November

Amadeus

Film. We all turn to it in times of stress and doubt. This perennial favourite of the Gladstone's Library calendar is geared to give you the chance to explore some of the most iconic films of faith and doubt and, possibly, to introduce you to new icons and favourites. Peter Francis hosts this opportunity to view and reflect on classic and contemporary films of faith and doubt. Films shown will include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Amadeus, Babette’s Feast, Into Great Silence, Brokeback Mountain and Twelve Years a Slave. This is for you!

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £252 - £282 residential/ non-residential £147


Great British Films

Monday 8 - Thursday 11 December

'The Third Man' - Orson Welles

An opportunity to watch, discuss and argue our pick of 5 of the best British films ever made: Don’t Look Now; The Third Man; Distant Voices, Still Lives; Kes and The Red Shoes. Perfect winter fare! Peter Francis sets us down for this celebration of all that is great about British Cinema. Step into Christmas with a film this year.

Booking is essential.

Tickets: Fully inclusive price: £282 - £252 residential/ non-residential £147


 

 

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