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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0151 794 2286.