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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 I: The Songs of Bob Dylan taking place on Saturday 2 September 2017.


Fees and bursaries


Fees for weekend courses cover tuition, meals (except breakfast) and refreshments, including morning coffee and afternoon tea during teaching hours, and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited). Accommodation can be booked for an additional fee and includes breakfast.

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion). It is sometimes possible to stay for extra nights or extra meals, or to invite guests to meals, at an additional cost and by prior arrangement with the Admissions team.

If you do not wish to pay in full at the time of booking, you may pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit by credit/debit card. The balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. If you wish to pay by cheque, you will need to pay in full when the booking is made.

You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.

Cambridge University Press Bursaries for teachers

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

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.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

03 Sep 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

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 1

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