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The autumn season organised for Berwick Educational Association kicks ­off with a week packed with four events, commencing on Saturday, September 3, with a study morning led by Dr Richard Moore on Supernatural Poetry.

Friday, 2nd September 2016, 12:00 pm

Poems about the supernatural abound in English Poetry, with supernatural themes going back to Celtic and Saxon times. Our renowned national poets, such as Shakespeare and Keats, and writers such as Emily Bronte, notably dabbled with the supernatural in their work.

Then, on Monday, September 5, Dr Tony Barrow begins a series of eight weekly morning lectures on the Maritime History of Northumberland.

This successively looks at the economic and social history of the ports, harbours and coastal inlets of the North East coast, from Seaton Sluice to Berwick, and the trade and shipping that was dependent upon them in the days of sail.

Next comes An Introduction to Life Drawing, a five­-week course of practical study­ mornings, beginning on Tuesday, September 6, led by Gill Walton, from Allanbank Arts.

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This is a repeat of the course that took place earlier this year, which was hugely over­subscribed, and is aimed at improving the life drawing skills of amateur artists up to intermediate level, particularly those who have had little opportunity to work with a life ­model.

Finally, as a new venture the BEA is instigating a monthly series of informal open ­forum meetings, the first taking place on the morning of Wednesday, September 7, where Dr Dave Smith will lead a discussion on the role of fat in our diet, and will hope to separate the facts from the fiction, drawing heavily from the recent review of available research published in New Scientist.

The Supernatural Poetry study ­morning takes place at Berwick Voluntary Centre on September 3, from 10am to 1pm, and costs £10.

The Maritime History course is on eight successive Monday mornings, starting on September 5, from 10am to noon, also at the Berwick Voluntary Centre. The course costs £48.

The Life Drawing course is on five successive Tuesday mornings, from 10am ­to 12.30pm, beginning on September 6, and takes place in the Conference Room at Berwick YHA in Dewars Lane. The fee is £65.

Finally, the first BEA Open Forum meeting is on Wednesday, September 7, from 10.30am to noon, at the Granary Cafe, also at Berwick YHA. This meeting is open to all.

Full details of all these courses, with directions and application forms, are available at www.berwickea.co.uk/programme or by contacting bookings secretary Alison Tymon at team@berwickea.co.uk or on 01289 305842.