Classes P – Q

PHILOSOPHY New Arnold Zuboff
Thurs 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 1.29)
We shall be discussing philosophical questions and answers. Topics may include Descartes, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, scepticism, proofs of the existence of God, the mind/body problem, personal identity and the basis of morality.

PHILOSOPHY: THE LIFE, THOUGHT AND LEGACY OF SPINOZA New Sam Rodin
Tues 14.00 – 15.15 (Room 1.33) N.B. No class on 8 October.
Baruch Spinoza, the 17th century Dutch Jewish philosopher, remains surprisingly relevant to our21st century problems. A central Enlightenment figure, his heretical ideas laid the foundation for modern, liberal, secular and democratic thinking. He was a forerunner of biblical criticism, depth psychology and the scientific understanding of the unity of body and mind. We’ll study this difficult but fascinating philosopher and ethicist by discussing his background and influence and some of his key ideas on living well.

PHOTOGRAPHY Robert Bruckner & Geoffrey Stuart
Tues 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 2.26) email: rjbruckner@aol.com
Fortnightly on Sep 24; Oct 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3 ; Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 10, 24; Apr 28; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23; Jul 7;
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 24 September to discuss your interests and decide on the first venue. Bring whatever camera you own, digital or not!

PLAY-READING Martin Balanow
Wed 13.50 – 16.05 (Room 2.26)
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 2.26) email: helnmalstern@homecall.co.uk
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: LIFE, LOVE AND LOSS WITH CHERITA Ai Li
Mon 10.20 – 11.30 (Room 1.26) www.thecherita.com
The cherita is a 6-line, 3 stanza poetry genre that invokes the storyteller who lives in all of us. The creator of this 22-year old short form takes this class, offering students a chance to be published in print and on Kindle as she edits and publishes the first ever international monthly journal devoted to this form. Class limited to 10.

POETRY PLEASE Janet Baker
Thur 10.15 – 12.05 (Room 1.28) email: damejanet@sky.com
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
Tues 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 1.33)
A weekly meeting to present poems “on a theme” e.g. the seasons, love, dawn, sunsets followed by brief discussion. Class limited to 20.

POETRY: WRITING POETRY Alison Campbell & Janet Hatherley
Mon 11.40 – 13.10 (Room 2.26)
Are you already writing poems? 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. Class limited to 8.

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS A Susan Cohen & David Iwi
Thur 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 2.26)
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 10.30 – 11.35 (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) email: paulplant48@hotmail.co.uk
Fortnightly on Sept 30. Oct 14, 28; Nov11, 25; Dec 9. Jan 20. Feb 3, 17; Mar 2, 16, 30. May 11; (note the dates); June 1,15. 29. July13. Paul would like to discuss your views on any current affairs and political or economic stories of the day.

PSYCHOANALYSIS Mickey Yudkin
Tue 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 1.22) N.B. class starts late, on 29 October.
The Development of Psychoanalysis. We will examine key areas in psychoanalytic theory and practice with reference to Freud, Klein, Winnicott and their present day successors. Some of the areas explored will be Anxiety, Loneliness, Narcissism, Anger, Love and Relationships, Creativity and Forgiveness. We’ll examine the impact of the psychoanalytic perspective on current thinking and events, and on our deeper understanding of human behaviour, personality and motivation. The approach will be interactive with participants’ responses and discussion. Suitable both for newcomers and those who have already attended the course.

QI GONG Barbara Alden
Thur 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 1.29)
Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Goong) is an ancient Chinese system of healing, or ‘energy medicine’, using flowing meditative movement sequences and focused 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, Tai Chi style slippers.