This Working Life

Work is essential to our survival, it defines our place in the world and it is intrinsic to our well-being. Each of these texts examines a type of work, what it may mean to the workers and those connected to them and reflects on the work of writing itself. The course consists of a mixture of poetry, novels, music, and films (on CD), with tutor commentary.

Course Tutor
Allison Halliday

Supplied Course Material
Colum McCann, This Side of Brightness
John Mortimer, Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders
Joanna Trollope, Daughters-in-law
Kazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Day (film based on the book)
Film Versions and CDs on the life of Edith Piaf
Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Judith Wright
Course Booklet, CDs + DVDs

Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person

Course Code for Enrolment

Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.

Please note that additional postage (Cash on Delivery) for receiving course material will be required.