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Writing on the wall for book courses

TWO Solihull-based literature courses could be axed due to dwindling numbers of students enrolling.

TWO Solihull-based literature courses could be axed due to dwindling numbers of students enrolling.

Tutors are particularly concerned as this year is National Book Year with more people being encouraged to visit libraries and engage in literature.

The morning classes accredited by the University of Warwick are held at Catherine de Barnes Church Hall and Solihull Methodist Hall.

One of the classes under threat is called "Reading the Novel" and has run consecutively for the last 18 years. But now the number of students has reduced to seven, tutor Julia Larden is worried it may be forced to stop.

She said: "It would be sad if this course were to close because it has been running without pause since it started. "

Julia said the courses targeted stay at home parents, the unemployed and pensioners, who wanted to "develop their literary interests".

"They are more of a cultural oriented course as opposed to academic, although some people have used it as a springboard to do other courses at college or university, she added.

One student of Reading the Novel and the second struggling course titled Books and Readers: the Victorians, Roy Mawby said of the classes: "They both have depth but without any undue pressure and encourage each of us to think and read more widely while enjoying ourselves at the same time. It would be a great pity for them to close."

Reading the Novel runs at Solihull Methodist Hall, Station Road, 10.30am - 12.30pm on Thursdays, while Books and Readers: The Victorians is held at Catherine de Barnes Church Hall, Hampton Lane, 10am - 12pm on Fridays.

The courses will run for the next two months and cost £60 or £30 concessions. For further details call 024 7657 3739 or log onto www.warwick.ac.uk/cll/openstudies.

 

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