WEA Norwich Courses

Learning with the WEA is exciting and rewarding, whatever your interest or level.  Our courses are informal and friendly, everyone is welcome and your views and experience will be valued, whatever course you choose. There are no tests or exams and you don’t need previous knowledge of the subject, so there’s no pressure to achieve a particular standard – just the pleasure of increasing your knowledge and experience, and the opportunity to meet new people

We offer courses in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, most can be booked on line.

Spring Term 2021

In this course we will read six contemporary novels to examine some of the significant themes and preoccupations we find in Australian literature. This will include, among other things the preoccupation with the landscape and the way in which this is often portrayed in a gothic manner; how isolation and estrangement of individuals and groups is portrayed; diasporic and aboriginal voices in the stories of Australia’s first people and migrant populations; and the preocupation with identity and belonging. For each novel we will look at the author and the context within which the novel was written thereby bringing an historical and cultural approach to our readings as well as a literary one. Most novels will be discussed over two weeks to allow time for a deep and close reading of the texts and time to discuss the novels fully.

for more details and to enrol online for this course





Course ID: C2227787
Tutor: Theresa Miller
Dates: 8 weeks starting Tuesday 19 January
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Zoom course,   Venue details

From modernist experiment to post-modern playfulness, from Georgian convention to free-verse confession, and from Edwardian poetry of empire to post-imperial multiculturalism, the course will explore the extraordinary diversity of British poetry in the 20th century. The variety of modes in which 20th century poets found their individual voices reflects the rapid process of change in technology, ideas and the nature of British society itself. The course will consider some of the key movements that influenced the development of poetry as well as focusing on the work of major poetic figures.

This is an online course. More  detailed information and enrolment instructions can be found on the National WEA Site.


Course ID: C2227790
Tutor: David Read
Dates: 7 weeks starting Thursday 21 January
Times: 11.30 am - 1.30pm
Venue: Zoom course,   Venue details

This course will now start on 26th February and run for 8 Sessions – If you have already booked for this course and the new dates are not suitable contact  aedwards@wea.org.uk  or tel 0300 3033464  ext 4980

This is an online course

This course will provide an overview of English law, criminal and civil, and the main controversies that surround it. These will include general topics such as access to justice, the nature of punishment, human rights and democracy, as well as ‘hot topics’ such as Brexit and the Coronavirus regulations. We will aim to get a good grounding in where law comes from, how laws are made and how the legal system works (and sometimes doesn’t work) before looking at examples of the ways in which the truth can be twisted for political ends. By the end of the course, we should all be able to look more critically at sensational legal stories and see why they might not be quite what they seem

More  detailed information and enrolment instruction can be found on the National WEA Site.


Course ID: C2227791
Tutor: Bob Grindrod
Dates: 8 weeks starting Friday 26 February
Times: 9.00am - 11.00am
Venue: Zoom course,   Venue details


Norwich Branch courses
On-line delivery Spring term 2021

We are pleased to tell you that Norwich Branch WEA will  continue to offer a programme of short and longer on-line courses during the Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.  Many of our wonderful tutors have undertaken professional training to develop their courses as inter-active and online.  For a preview of proposed course see under courses on this website.  

Update on Learning with Norwich WEA during the Covid-19 pandemic

I hope you have discovered that both National and Norwich Branch WEA courses continue to be offered online and there are a large range of courses available to join. These can be booked online or by telephone, and you will be able to receive them via zoom if you have a lap-top, a PC, a tablet or a smartphone. Courses will still be kept to a sociable level so that you will be able to chat  (virtually) to the tutor and fellow students. All the tutors have been specially trained to teach on-line in order to deliver interesting and engaging classes. 

TO enrol- Note the course identification;  click here to  enrol on-line ; or call 0300 303 3464  Remember to have the course number and payment debit/credit card to hand.  The telephone line can be quite busy just before the start of a new term, so please be patient (or book early!)

Look forward to seeing you - on screen - in the Spring


More information about the 'traditional' WEA programme

The Norwich Branch Committee has regretfully come to the decision to postpone all our face-to-face courses and day schools for Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.   It is our hope that the programme we planned - which is full of interesting and new learning - will be available the following academic year 2021/22.  The cancelled 2020 Summer Programme of courses, day schools and visits will - we hope - be available in the summer of 2021, something to look forward to.

Following ongoing discussion with Regional Office we have decided not to offer any face to face options;  if the situation changes we will be very pleased  to return to the Kings Centre and our usual sociable and enjoyable programme of courses and day schools.  we will keep you informed through this website.

Meanwhile - the  Norwich Branch Committee would like to thank all of our students for their enthusiasm and loyalty over many years - and we very much look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future

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