Monday, 20 March 2017

Welcome to Riseley WEA

Riseley WEA is an adult educational organisation where we offer two sessions of lectures per year on a variety of cultural subjects - a Spring Term and an Autumn term.
With a history going back over thirty years, we have covered a wide variety of subjects, from history, architecture, music, art, film and many more.
All our lectures are delivered by tutors with extensive knowledge of their subjects and a great deal of experience in teaching interested and enthusiastic adults.
Everyone is welcome.

We meet in the comfort of Riseley Village Hall Lounge where we start each meeting with a welcoming cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.

Autumn 2017

New courses starting September 2017 will be

 From Chaucerian Beasts to Postcolonial Canines
by Candice Kent

Our tutor will explore the literary representation of animals by examining extracts from writing through the ages, taking in authors as diverse as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespear, Herman Melville, D.H. Lawrence and J.M. Coetzee, among others. These works reveal a broad range of attitudes towards animals . We will explore how these attitudes change according to context, and we will examine how authors use reference to animals to achieve their various fictional ends. We will only be reading extracts, not complete books. You do not need to have read any of the authors before, or indeed to know anything about them. You will be welcome to question and discuss if you would like to.

Wednesday mornings at 10.15
20th September 2017
Cost £48.60
Nine weeks


Opera - First the Words!

The world and words of Metastassio, DaPonte, Piave, Boito, Wagner, Giacosa, Illica Hotmannsthal and more

Nine lectures with film excerpts on our big screen.


Peter Bleasby 

Tuesday afternoons 2.15
19th September 2017
Cost £48.60
Nine weeks