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How to overcome your fear of poetry

By Billie Manning, Poet & City Lit TutorOn bringing forth the treasures that are hidden inside of you: some practical and reflective tips on overcoming your fear of reading and writing poetry.

Print and media: old and new technologies combined

Print is a medium that offers the visual artist a remarkable range of possibilities for creative expression. Raz Barfield, Head of Advanced Programmes in the School of Visual Arts (and a print and digital media artist), talks about our advanced print and media course, and the exciting ways in which traditional and digital processes can be combined in forms of creative practice that cross conventional boundaries of fine art, visual communications and publishing media.

7 Tips for Mental Health and Wellbeing During a Pandemic

With a sizable percentage of the population under lockdown restrictions, and even more of us working from home – it’s safe to say that staying in is the new going out.

What does national identity mean in a globalised world?

The world has been becoming ever more globally connected over the receding centuries. How does nationalism, nationality, and national identity sit within a globalised world?

Climate Change

Large-scale human-made climate change is set to affect everything from everyday life to global politics and our relationship with the planet. Join us in exploring different aspects of this part of the human journey.

The Ottoman Empire

Founded in Anatolia in the 13th century by a Turkic dynasty, the Ottoman Empire would come to conquer and rule vast lands and an ever-growing number of peoples across Western Asia (the Middle East), Southeastern Europe and Northern Africa.

Space to Think

When the pandemic hit I felt the need to reengage with philosophy on a deeper level. I reflected on how Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Breton were helpful or not. In the end I decided that what was most helpful was the act of thinking itself.

Professional Practice Modules | City Lit Visual Arts

Raz Barfield, Head of Advanced Programmes, introduces a range of new professional practice workshops launching in the School of Visual Arts. While they’re designed to provide skills and knowledge for students on our own advanced courses, the new workshops are also open to students of creative subjects in Higher Education, or professionals in the creative industries. With a modular structure, these highly focused one-day workshops allow you to ‘fill in the gaps’ in specific areas of knowledge, or you can pick and mix to create a modular course of your own design.

Facing the fear of contemporary art

This article explores the challenges and pleasures of Contemporary Art, encouraging you to visit, study, and experience the richness and madness of 21st Century culture. Author Ian Tucknott is a teacher of contemporary art, art history and art theory, and is Head of School for the Humanities & Sciences.

Science and Nature in and for the 21st century

Science has been part and parcel of humanity’s global journey for several centuries. Looking to the challenges of humanity going forward, science is as important as ever. Join us in exploring our natural world and beyond.

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