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Darren Harper BA (Hons), PGCE

I am primarily an adult education tutor focusing on the areas of Philosophy, Literature and Creative Writing.  I gained a 1st class honours degree in English & Creative Writing in 2012 with the University of Cumbria, followed by a PGCE (Lifelong Learning) in 2014 with the University of Central Lancashire.  I have taught at A Level in both English Literature and Creative Writing at Carlisle College, and over the past few years have taught Creative Writing to undergraduates at the University of Cumbria.


My work now takes me around different parts of the UK teaching residential courses in all three of the above subjects at Higham Hall in the Lake District, Dillington House in Somerset, Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire, the Green Park Hotel in Perthshire and Hawkwood in Gloucestershire.  I also offer a range of on-line courses in these subjects.  


In addition to the above I very much enjoy writing and over the past several years 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, and been involved in the Carlisle Poetry Symposium.  I have also 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’. 

“There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge”

- Bertrand Russell -

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