Friday, July 1, 2011

Hemingway Summer Soiree (Lewes, East Sussex)

Hemingway Summer Soiree
Thursdays, 8 to 10 pm
14 July
18 August

Join us Behind the Blue Door for a summertime adventure exploring some of Ernest Hemingway's finest creations.  Throughout this 6-week course, we'll delve into Hemingway's work as engaged readers as well as from a writerly point-of-view, considering the lifetime sweep of his literary output while grounding our discussions in the specifics of his stories.

What better way to spend a summer?  There's something about Hemingway's style, something about the cleanliness of his sentences which makes him the perfect summertime read.

We'll spend Week 1 discussing a selection of his short stories, collected in The First Forty-Nine Stories, with a focus on those written early in his career, before becoming a novelist.  In Weeks 2 and 3, we'll explore Hemingway's first novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926; published in Britain in 1927 as Fiesta), considering the first and second halves of the novel during these two weeks.  In Weeks 4 and 5, we'll discuss A Farewell to Arms (1929), again covering the novel over the course of two sessions.  And, finally, in Week 6, we'll explore the whole of the novella The Old Man and the Sea (1952).  In 1953, Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for this final major work of fiction published in his lifetime.  The Old Man and the Sea was cited, too, when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Each of the above titles links out to an inexpensive copy readily available via, for between £3.66 and £6.13, with free Super Saver delivery.

Please Note:  As this course begins in just under two weeks, it is essential that you pre-register as soon as possible in order to secure your place as well as to have time to order and begin reading at least the short stories mentioned above.

The 6-week course fee is, as usual, £95.

Also, a brief reminder that we'll be holding the Friday evening Meeting in Presence tonight from 8 to 10 pm, and 'twould be wonderful to have you with us.  And with the Monday evening and Wednesday morning creative writing classes finished for the time-being, we'll also be holding these drop-in Meetings in Presence, throughout July, on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 pm and Wednesday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon.  Click here for additional details.

And, as always, Mufidah and I would greatly appreciate your helping us to spread word of both the Hemingway Summer Soiree as well as the drop-in Meetings in Presence.  The more the merrier!

With warm regards,


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