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The Time of Your Life: Masterclass with Brian Nellist and Jane Davis

Written by Mark Till, 8th July 2010

The Time of Your Life: Masterclass with Brian Nellist and Jane Davis

Wednesday 18th August 2010
10.30am – 3.30pm
19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool, L69 7ZG


Course Description

Come along to this Masterclass double-bill and spend time reading with two very special TRO Masters: Brian Nellist and Jane Davis!

In the morning, Brian Nellist looks at Wordsworth’s poem ‘Tintern Abbey’ and considers whether we can breathe new life into happy memories and re-live our best times.

And now, with gleams of half-extinguished thought,
With many recognitions dim and faint,
And somewhat of a sad perplexity,
The picture of the mind revives again:
While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years. And so I dare to hope,
Though changed, no doubt, from what I was when first
I came among these hills

(If you haven't read with Brian before, you can get a taste for the experience here.)

Then after lunch, Jane Davis leads a session on Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters, a great modern parallel of Wordsworth’s thinking. This is the extraordinary true story of Stuart Shorter – thief, hostage-taker and street raconteur – told backwards in time: from the man he was when Alexander Masters met him to the ‘happy-go-lucky little boy’ of twelve. We recommend you read both before attending the day - in fact why not buy them from The Reader Online Bookshop? - but extracts from the book will be provided in the afternoon.


Booking and Fees

The cost of the day is £30 including lunch and refreshments. Please contact us with any special dietary requirements. To book your place, you need to fill in and return a booking form available from our website.

For more information, please contact Mark Till, Training Programme Assistant, on or 0151 794 2286.

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