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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 Changing Times II: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, taking place on Sunday 29th January 2017.


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

28 Jan 2017

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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Teaching sessions

Meetings: 1

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