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A University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) short course this summer will give literature lovers the chance to learn more about the works of some of Britain’s most revered female writers.

The course will explore the novels and poetry of women writers from the early 19th century to the present.

Among the texts studied will be: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; Emily Brontë’s poetry; George Eliot’s Middlemarch; Daphne Du Maurier’s The Birds and Other Stories; Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea; Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop; Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls and Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies.

The sessions will be held for six weeks on Wednesdays at Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base. They take place on June 6, 13, 20 and 27 and July 4 and 11, with morning sessions from 11am to 1pm and afternoon sessions from 2pm to 4pm.

The course will be taught by a range of experienced tutors, including: Professor Deborah Wynne; Dr Lucy Andrew; Jen Davis; Katie Baker; Kimberley Braxton and Dr Giulia Miller.

People can attend the entire course for £130 or come along to individual sessions for £15 each.

For the full programme, and to book places, go to or

Prof Wynne said: “This course explores the much-treasured works of women writers, spanning just over two centuries, and also provides a taste of studying English at University Centre Shrewsbury.

“We want as many people as possible to be able to get involved in UCS life and this offers a further option to a long-term course or a stand-alone public event.”

For further information, email Prof Wynne at or call 01743 297185.

Alternatively, people can visit the reception at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury (SY3 8HQ), which is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 1.30pm on Fridays.

For further details on UCS, including courses and events, go to

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