Harpenden Learning for Leisure (HLfL) is a body which has been set up to run leisure courses. Because of Covid-19, HLfL's January 2021 courses will all be taught online (as the autumn courses were). This means that you must have a PC or laptop, together with a good internet connection.

The list of spring 2021 courses follows. A printable copy of this list, in pdf format, is available by clicking here. (Copy opens in a new window.)

HLfL runs in parallel with WEA Harpenden, which will be running a course in January 2021. For details, see the website http://www.weaharpenden.org.uk/


1: All HLfL courses cost £60.

2: The course on Colonial North America now has 2-hour sessions each week, not 1½ hours as previously advertised.

3: If you have already paid a higher sum for a January course, the excess will be refunded to you automatically. There is no need to apply for repayment.

4: We have not incorporated a half term break. It is up to each class and its tutor to decide whether they wish to have one.


Colonial North America
Mondays 10.00am - 12.00noon, from Monday 11th January to Monday 15th March, 2021
10 meetings each of 2 hours
Tutor: Greg Davey
Cost: £60
We will cover the first European interactions with the Americas before moving on to examine British settlement. We will look at the different experiences of the colonies, the range of political, social, and economic structures which emerged, the war against the various native peoples of the area, the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence, splits in American society, and the early influence of the American colonies on the development of Canada and India.

The English Renaissance: 1500-1700 (Part 2)
Wednesdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm, from Wednesday 13th January to Wednesday 17th March, 2021
10 meetings each of 2 hours
Tutor: Madeline Edmead
Cost: £60
English art and architecture was transformed in the 16th century by new influences. Holbein painted royalty, the new rich built houses on a grand scale, and the portrait miniature evolved. By the end of the century "magnificence" was the watchword. After 1600 emerged van Dyck and Inigo Jones plus a host of lesser knowns. After the Civil War came some great artists and lesser-known by-ways of English art.

Literature: Nobel Prize Winners (Part 2)
Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm, from Thursday 14th January to Thursday 18th March, 2021
10 meetings each of 2 hours
Tutor: Michael King
Cost: £60
Since its inception in 1901, the prize has been awarded to some of the greatest novelists, poets, and playwrights worldwide, as well as to a few surprising ones. We will consider a range of prize winners. The list in the spring term is:
Seamus Healey: poems*
Toni Morrison: Beloved
Isaac Bashevis Singer: short stories*
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
Harold Pinter: the Birthday Party*
* works provided by the tutor
Note: the only works which people need obtain are the novels by Morrison and Marquez.


Make your cheque out to HLfL. Send it to:
R W Spence
16 Greenacres
Leverstock Green
Hemel Hempstead
Email: robertspence@ntlworld.com
Landline: 01442 - 254 375
Give your address, telephone number, and email, and list the course(s) you wish to apply for. (SAE for receipt)

(Version created October 2020)