The Time of Your Life: Masterclass with Brian Nellist and Jane Davis

The Time of Your Life: Masterclass with Brian Nellist and Jane Davis

Wednesday 18th August 2010
10.30am – 3.30pm
19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool, L69 7ZG


Course Description

Come along to this Masterclass double-bill and spend time reading with two very special TRO Masters: Brian Nellist and Jane Davis!

In the morning, Brian Nellist looks at Wordsworth’s poem ‘Tintern Abbey’ and considers whether we can breathe new life into happy memories and re-live our best times.

And now, with gleams of half-extinguished thought,
With many recognitions dim and faint,
And somewhat of a sad perplexity,
The picture of the mind revives again:
While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years. And so I dare to hope,
Though changed, no doubt, from what I was when first
I came among these hills

(If you haven’t read with Brian before, you can get a taste for the experience here.)

Then after lunch, Jane Davis leads a session on Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters, a great modern parallel of Wordsworth’s thinking. This is the extraordinary true story of Stuart Shorter – thief, hostage-taker and street raconteur – told backwards in time: from the man he was when Alexander Masters met him to the ‘happy-go-lucky little boy’ of twelve. We recommend you read both before attending the day – in fact why not buy them from The Reader Online Bookshop? – but extracts from the book will be provided in the afternoon.


Booking and Fees

The cost of the day is £30 including lunch and refreshments. Please contact us with any special dietary requirements. To book your place, you need to fill in and return a booking form available from our website.

For more information, please contact Mark Till, Training Programme Assistant, on or 0151 794 2286.

0 thoughts on “The Time of Your Life: Masterclass with Brian Nellist and Jane Davis”

  1. Will there be some new ‘Nellibobs’ on Youtube any time soon? Last summer they were one of the highlights in our office and we still keep checking back to see if there are any new ones.

    Would love to come to this day but unfortunately it’s just too far away 🙁

  2. Hi Lindsey

    really glad you liked the Nellibobs – where are you?

    – I feel bad about not getting more of them done! It’s the editing that is the problem….finding time…. but will have another go.I’ve known Brian since 1982 when he taught me when I was a third year undergraduate. That’s nearly 30 years!!!! All that time I’ve not been filming… But I do have some here on my laptop…. .I’ll do another and try to get on the blog …. fingers x

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