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 Author: Allison Halliday

Course Code: D204

Supplied Material: Course Booklet, CDs + USB

  • 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


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.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

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.

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.