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Hot on the heels of Bob Dylan’s Nobel award comes the news of Leonard Cohen’s death. It seems an appropriate moment to examine the achievement of these two giants of modern songwriting. Focusing primarily, though not exclusively, on the songs written during the turbulent 1960s, poet and novelist Jem Poster, together with guitarist and musicologist Stephen Ferron, will look closely at the work of both writers, addressing both lyrics and music.

The weekend has been conceived as a whole and there will be an advantage in attending both days; however, there is an option of attending for one day only, on either day. The first of the two days will be devoted largely to Dylan, while the second will be devoted largely to Cohen. A related musical event (Bonus Tracks) will take place on the Saturday night, free of charge to those enrolled on the course; it will be given by Stephen Ferron and fellow-guitarist Stephen Bennett.

This course is offered in conjunction with taking place on Changing Times I: The Songs of Bob Dylan Saturday 2 September 2017.



This course takes place at Madingley Hall, home to the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.Day schools run from 10.00am to 4.45pm and include four teaching sessions of 75 minutes each. The course fee includes tea, coffee and a buffet lunch.

About Madingley Hall

Madingley Hall itself is an impressive manor house dating back to the mid-16th century. The decoration of the Saloon and the formal Stair Hall was carried out 200 years later, and the whole fabric was renovated with great care around 1900. About four miles from the centre of Cambridge, the Hall stands in several acres of beautifully-maintained gardens and overlooks a landscape which has changed relatively little since it was laid out by Capability Brown. It is just four miles from the centre of Cambridge, and only 60 minutes from London, with excellent links to London airports.

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Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

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Course dates

03 Sep 2017

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee



Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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Meetings: 1

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