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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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2016 saw the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan and the death of Leonard Cohen, and this would seem an appropriate time to assess 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, as part of the course, by Stephen Ferron and a fellow musician.

This course is offered in conjunction with, Changing Times I: The Songs of Bob Dylan, taking place on Saturday 9 February 2019.


Fees and bursaries

The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).

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

10 Feb 2019

Course duration

1 day

Apply by

06 Feb 2019

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


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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