Art & Culture

Session 2013-2014 

Contact emails are listed in the activity sheets/lists obtained during registration.

AMERICAN ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS (Maria Chester) What do you know about your tomatoes, potatoes, beans, pineapple, strawberries and sweet corn? Do you know that ~85% of our food originally came from the Americas? Would you like to know more about those ancient civilisations and cultures, Maya, Aztec and Inca abandoned by the Spaniards in 1516?

BOOK GROUP (Pat Oldale)  The members of this group all read the same book then gather to discuss it in depth in members' homes.

BOOK GROUP 2 (Cath Lockett)  Members select from a suggested list of book titles to read over the course of the year.  Convivial discussion and good company.  Each month the chosen book is reviewed and awarded a score. One book will be awarded 'Book of the Year'. Check out the 2012/13 Book Award winners Here . This is our Reading List for 2013/2014. 


BOOK GROUP 3-THEMED (Irene Mowat)  A discussion group on selected themes. Our main theme is "Different Countries, Different Authors" and the first theme will be Africa. Members will choose from a list of books (mostly novels) in Sept for reading over 3/4 months. This is our Reading List for 2013/2014


BOOK GROUP 4-NON FICTION (Anne Richardson)  The aim is to cover a wide range of subjects, the criteria for choosing individual titles being that they are well-written, capable of being read by the layman, and that they are stimulating and lend themselves to discussion.  Suggestions welcome.

CLASSICS IN TRANSLATION (Ian Goldsack)  An introduction to cultures which have influenced or informed our own, by reading from Greek and Roman poets, playwrights, historians and philosophers.  No knowledge of Latin or Greek is required. 

CURRENT AFFAIRS CHAT ROOM (Kath Payne) An informal group which will discuss topics relating to current affairs / Issues. Topics for discussion will be chosen by members of the group in advance of each meeting.

FRENCH CONVERSATION (George Russell) For members with varying degrees of French language experience (though not for beginners).  The aim is to build confidence by encouraging members to talk about subjects that interest them and which will provoke discussion.

GAELIC (Alan St Clair)   The study of the Gaelic language, culture and history through learning to speak the language.  We have the very welcome help of native Gaelic speakers to keep our pronunciation right. New learners welcome.

GERMAN POST-BEGINNERS (Sue Block)   for those who have done a little bit of German before.  Vorsprung durch die Deutschklasse (as we say in Eyemouth).  Building on last year's Beginners course, but open to anyone with a smattering of German, we'll be meeting weekly for more fun and games and conversation

MEET THE ARTISTS (Maria Chester) We will have an introductory class, trying to understand "what is art?" and then, members will choose one artist each. I will then create a slide show of the paintings/sculpture/engravings and the topic(s) will be further developed by each group member. 

PLATO TO NATO (Maria Chester) A brief history of modern man during the last 7,000 years, from hunter-gatherer to capitalism.  A little bit of history, sociology, philosophy and neuroscience.  Are we evolving? The group will be pro-active in researching topics and presenting their findings.

PLAY READING (Louise Goldsack)  Reading together plays, old and new, for enjoyment and discussion but not with a view to performing.

POETRY GROUP (Ronald Morrison) An informal group that looks at and discusses the works of such poets as may appeal to members. Ideally the impetus will come from within the group and will also encourage the writing, by members, of their own poetry.

PYRAMID CODE (Maria Chester)   The secret meaning of symbols and hieroglyphs. A short course of four meetings studying pyramids and ancient Egyptian temples;  re-interpreting archaeology evidence with the help of other sciences- geology, astrophysics, magnetic field theory and of course, Egyptology. We will follow the work of Dr. Carmen Boulter, a researcher from University of Calgary. The course will be supported (if possible) with videos.