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Branch News

For the Autumn term 2020 Roger Cook is delivering "The representation of the people: Part 1". Last session 25th November. We are hoping Roger will return in the Autumn to deliver "Part 2" of this intriguing story.

Spring term 2021:  Kate is returning once again with "A jolly good murder" . Jan 13th 2021. See below  for booking.

For those who have decided to join the class you may want to get a heads up on reading : The Mysterious Affair at Styles- Agatha Christie and The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers. Look forward to seeing you in January.

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If you are interested in a course and would like to ask for more details, you can contact the Branch by phone or email as detailed above. Alternatively you can access the National WEA website.
If a course is listed below by clicking on “Book Now” you can book directly as well as seeing a more detailed description of the course, prepared by the Course Tutor. (You will need to provide debit or credit card details). If you are having difficulties booking, Central Support Team on 0300 303 3464, can allow you to book as well.

2020/21 Courses

Course Title: A Jolly Good Murder
Course Number: C2227819
Course Description: This course explores the rise of crime as a form of entertainment during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Starting with real life 'sensationalised' killings such as the Ratcliffe Highway Murders and Maria Marten and the Red Barn, we will discuss the role the press played in manipulating public opinion, and phenomena such as Murder Tourism and the Murder Souvenir trade. We will then explore the media that grew out of public obsession with crime- broadsides, patter songs, penny dreadfuls, melodrama and marionette theatre. The course concludes with discussion of the rise of the Golden Age of Crime Fiction in the early twentieth century, and the popularity of authors such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, thinking particularly about how world events may have changed the ways in which the public wanted to experience crime as entertainment.
Tutor: Kate Jewell
Venue: On line
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 09:30
Duration: 1.50 hrs
Date: 13/01/21
No. of Weeks: 8
Fee: £38.40
Contact: Tiptree Branch
Telephone: 01621735817