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Darren Harper – Philosophy and Creative Writing

As an adult education tutor I focus on the areas of Philosophy, Literature and Creative Writing.  I gained a 1st class honours degree in English & Creative Writing in 2012, followed by a PGCE (Lifelong Learning) in 2014 and am now undertaking a BA in Philosophy.  I have taught at A Level in both English Literature and Creative Writing, and over the past two years have taught Creative Writing to undergraduates.

For several years I have been teaching around the UK delivering residential courses at Dillington House in Somerset, Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire, the Green Park Hotel in Perthshire and, of course, Higham Hall in the Lake District.  Additionally, I have also started to offer a range of on-line courses in these subjects on my website darrenharper.net and post frequently on my Facebook page Darren Harper Courses.

I have written theatre reviews, plays, short stories and contributed to an anthology of graphic short stories.  I have also interviewed, chaired and given both talks and workshops at the Borderlines Book Festival and Hexham Book Festival.  Additionally, I have given philosophy talks to U3A groups, writing workshops to writing groups and delivered CPD workshops on Stoicism.

My main interests in philosophy are political philosophy, comparative philosophy and religion, aesthetics and ethics, especially applied ethics, existentialism and Stoicism.  I enjoy applying philosophical ideas to contemporary issues in an attempt to challenge ‘the tyranny of custom’.

We design our courses to meet the expectations of three particular types of student:

  • those who already have undergone some Philosophy studies including those who feel ready to tackle the meaty stuff
  • those who would enjoy a user-friendly introduction to themes. Look out especially for Darren’s courses titled THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO…

Connect with Darren:

http://www.darrenharper.net
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“Very enjoyable even though some of the concepts are challenging, Darren helped us to understand them properly.”
“A super stretch for my mind! Good to discuss and know others thoughts and opinions as well.”

December 2020

THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO NIETZSCHE

December 18th at 18:30 to December 21st at 13:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

According the Friedrich Nietzsche, “There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.” Tracing his life, and using some of his key works as our guides, we will explore Nietzsche’s views on morality, religion and politics, as we consider the relevance and resonance of Nietzsche’s thoughts in today’s world. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £335 Non-residential: £234

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January 2021

THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO JOYCE

Friday January 15, 2021 at 18:30 to Monday January 18, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

James Joyce stated “The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.” Joyce has indeed been responsible for a vast amount of scholarship surrounding his oeuvre. Tracing his life, and using some of his key works as our guide, we will explore Joyce’s intriguing and sometimes perplexing work. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £335 Non-residential: £234

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Writing Fiction: Setting and Sentences

Tuesday January 19, 2021 at 18:30 to Friday January 22, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A residential creative writing course aimed at both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Consisting of lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials, enjoy uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. In addition to taught sessions on ‘structure’, ‘sentences’ and ‘editing’, Darren will provide you with short stories to discuss, and therefore help develop, your own writing style. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £335 Non-residential: £234 Some brief preliminary material will be…

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March 2021

THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S WEEKEND GUIDE TO KANT

Friday March 19, 2021 at 18:30 to Sunday March 21, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Kant famously said, "Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe… the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me." Tracing his life, and using key works as our guides, we will explore Kant's philosophy on morality, knowledge and beauty. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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