City of words: London's literary landscape

Course Dates: 12/09/19 - 07/11/19
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Eleanor Jackson

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 we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at City Lit. This is followed by 8 walks.


What is the course about?

London's literary heritage.

What will we cover?

1) Lecture - CityLit
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
9) Fleet Street & Holborn Johnson, Dickens etc.

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?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: HLW99

Thu, day, 12 Sep - 07 Nov '19

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00
Concession: £70.00

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