Classes P-Q


PHOTOGRAPHY Robert Bruckner & Geoffrey Stuart
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 24) these dates: Oct 3, 17, 31; Nov 14, 28; Dec 12. Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13; Apr 17; May1, 15, 29; June 12, 26; July 10.
This group meets in the Town Hall fortnightly on the above dates. In the alternate weeks, we meet at photogenic places in London to take photographs. When we meet here, we view these photographs on a screen and talk about them. Come to our first meeting in Room 24 on 26 September to discuss your interests and decide on the first venue. Bring whatever camera you own, digital or not!

PLAY-READING Martin Balanow & Andrew Urquhart
Wed 13.40 – 16.05 (Room 30)
A group for people who love the theatre and enjoy reading parts. No experience is needed. A chance at being an actor/actress for two and a quarter hours in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. More male voices would be particularly welcome!

PLAY-READING: WORLD PLAY READING Malcolm Stern
Mon 13.30 – 16.15 (Room 28)
Be a Russian landowner for a couple of hours. Or a Parisian shop-girl. Or a Brooklyn cop. We enjoy bringing to life the best of international drama. Classic, Modern, British, American, European, tragedy and farce, murder and metaphysics, romance and revolution – they’re all grist to our Monday afternoon mill. Come and join us.

POETRY: COMIC VERSE New Anita Pincas
Thur 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 29) fortnightly on Sept 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7. Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; Mar 8, 22; Apr 26; May 10. 24; June 7, 21; July 5.
The issues of humour are challenging in that they depend on social and cultural norms, which are complex and difficult to pin down. That is especially true for one’s own society, where we are not normally aware of our own attitudes. The principles behind what can make us laugh will be explored. Collections of comic verse will be distributed and we will discuss how and why the poems are, or are not, funny.

POETRY PLEASE Rose Bloomfield
Thur 10.10 – 12.10 (Room 28)
We are a well-established, friendly and self-run class. Varied weekly subjects, or individual poets, are chosen by the class and we read and discuss them in the following weeks.

POETRY: PRESENTING POETRY Barry Rae
Tue 13.50 – 14.55 (Room 29)
A weekly meeting to present poems “on a theme” e.g. the seasons, love, dawn, sunsets followed by brief discussion. Class limited to 16.

POETRY: WRITING POETRY New Alison Campbell
Mon 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 26) & Janet Hatherley
Class resumes on 30 October.

Do you like the idea of writing poems? Or are you already writing? If so, come along to a friendly class where we will try out some enjoyable writing exercises to get you going. Bring any poems in progress if you’d like feedback each week.

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS A David Iwi & Susan Cohen
Thur 12.40 – 13.45 (Aspern Centre)
This is a discussion group with members giving their views on subjects that are introduced by the co-ordinators, and with plenty of opportunity given for a variety of perspectives leading to (sometimes) healthy but polite disagreements.

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS B Jim Eardley
Wed 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 2.21)
Members of the class decide what is to be discussed each week from cuttings they bring in from various newspapers.

POLITICS, CURRENT AFFAIRS & THE ECONOMY Paul Plant
Mon 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 22) Fortnightly on Sept 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4. Jan 8, 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19; Apr 23; May 21; June 4, 18; July 2.
Paul would like to discuss with you any current affairs and political or economic stories of the day.

PRESENTATION SKILLS New Barry Rae
Tue 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 29) Autumn term only
For all people who may make presentations to an audience. We will concentrate on the need for good preparation, structure and delivery, including the effective use of PowerPoint. Each course member will be expected to present a talk to the group who will then offer feedback regarding the effectiveness of the talk. Class limited to 12.

PSYCHOANALYSIS Mickey Yudkin
Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 33)
The Origins and Development of Psychoanalysis – through the lens of Freud, Klein and Winnicott. This course will explore the lives and work of three eminent psychoanalysts and examine the impact of their work on current thinking, practice and our deeper understanding of human behaviour, personality and motivation. We will use selected texts and the approach will be interactive, with questions and discussion. Experiential exercises will make the subject come alive.

PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION Chris Salter
Thur 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 33)
This course will introduce you to some of the many different ways psychologists have studied human behaviour, and give us a chance to discuss examples of current research.

QI GONG Barbara Alden
Thur 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 29)
Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Goong) is an ancient Chinese system of healing, or ‘energy medicine’, using flowing meditative movement sequences and focussed breathing, to cleanse, strengthen and circulate ‘life energy’ (QI). Regular practice (Gong) leads to improved mobility, vitality and harmony of body, mind and spirit. Please wear loose clothing and ideally wear Tai Chi style slippers.