City of words: London's literary landscape

Course Dates: 14/09/23 - 09/11/23
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture (via zoom) we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is on zoom . This is followed by 7 guided walks.
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

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Course Code: HLW99

Started Thu, day, 14 Sep - 09 Nov '23

Duration: 7 sessions (over 9 weeks)

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What is the course about?

London's literary heritage.

This course will be delivered online and in person, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

) Lecture - zoom.
2) St. Paul's & the Southbank - Shakespeare
3) The City - Dickens, Defoe et al
4) Charing Cross & Covent Garden - Kipling & Edwardian literature
5) Soho & Fitzrovia - bad boys of literature
6) Chelsea - Wilde & bohemian London
7) Marylebone - Conan Doyle etc
8) Bloomsbury - publishers & Bloomsbury Group.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify key London literary figures and the buildings/areas associated with them.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

An interest in London and literature. An ability to walk for 2 hours at a gentle pace.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Initial lecture followed by guided walks.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. Comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for London's variable weather.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HLW104 : City of words: further adventures.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.