Welcome to Warwickshire Leisure Studies

Welcome to Warwickshire Leisure Studies.  On these pages you will find mentally stimulating, and creative, local Warwickshire and West Midlands  adult leisure courses.  These are offered at a high level: often to university undergraduate level, and are  taught by local adult tutors who are well qualified in their subject areas, and often practicing in their own field as critics, writers, artists etc.  All tutors currently listed have previously worked for The University of Warwick Centre for Lifelong Learning (The University of Warwick’s own Adult Education Department) and some still offer some courses for the CLL as well.  Have a look around.  The tutor’s own, detailed info pages are on the left.   Find out about us and our courses.  Alternatively,  click on the subject list below. Found a course that sounds right for you?  Sign up using the PayPal button on the tutor’s page (You can also use a credit card.) or follow the tutor’s own sign-up instructions.


Back to school!   The grown-ups need intellectual and creative stimulation too. As we head into Autumn check out our exciting new term’s offerings at Warwickshire Leisure Studies.

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Newsflash – Autumn 2019 – New Tutor Steve Kershaw will be offering Latin Literature.  Check out his page now. 


In the  Bi-Centenary of the birth of George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) this is an opportunity to study two of her texts. George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss (1860) and a dramatic poem Armgart (1871).  Both texts arguably question the female role in society including women artists.  The novels will be discussed  in the wider context of difficulties encountered by literary women in the mid-19th Century who sought to challenge and break away from social conventions.


Towards the end of his reign, Henry III was faced with baronial revolt, led by Simon de Montfort.  De Montfort’s success was of short duration, however, and Henry was restored to power.  He was soon succeeded by his son, Edward I.  Edward has been described as autocratic and cruel. His conquest of North Wales, his reputation as the “Hammer of the Scots” and his expulsion of the Jews from England have brought him considerable notoriety.  We examine this “great and terrible king”


This novel won the Booker in 1996. A group of old friends travel from London to Margate to scatter the ashes of another friend:  Jack, a butcher who had loved Margate. The stories of the lives of the men on the journey  are told through a series of flashbacks which flit backwards and forwards over six decades and we gain insights into the characters of these people, see what bonded this little group together and begin to understand the importance of the friendships which have existed between them. They are fulfilling both Jack’s last orders in respect of his remains but also planning to get in a late final round of drinks before they return home to London.


The course is designed for students with a fairly advanced level of facility in Latin, who wish to read and enjoy authentic texts in the original language. It is fine if you are a bit rusty to begin with though. This term will focus on  the witty and urbane poetry of Horace’s Satires Book 1. Discussions often extend beyond the nuances of the language, which we love, into fascinating aspects of Roman society and history.   Overall the aim is to accurately  translate some brilliant Latin verse into English, and to get a feel for the literary features used (e.g. metaphor, simile, rhythm and metre), and the context (literary, historical, social) in which it was written.


“In the place where magic chords are sounded by the truncated Memnon, and ancient hundred-gated Thebes lies in ruins, men worship the glittering golden image of the long-tailed ape. In one part cats are worshipped, in another a river fish, in another whole townships venerate a dog; none adore Diana, but it is an impious outrage to crunch leeks and onions with the teeth. What a holy race to have such divinities springing up in their gardens!”

So wrote Juvenal in his wonderful famous satire.   In fact  Egyptian religious belief is still misunderstood, but it  sprang from the world around.  Learn more and celebrate 30 years of Egyptology in Coventry too.


If you have any  general queries please do not hesitate to drop us a line using the form below,  but do send individual course queries to the tutors via their own pages, for more detailed responses.   (Note, you do not have to have your own website – fine to leave this bit of the form blank!)