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Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.

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  2. City Lit reading group 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patricia Sweeney
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary literary fiction in paperback) and having read 'The Wren, The Wren' by Anne Enright. Monthly meetings take place on 20 Sept, 18 Oct, 29 Nov; 17 Jan, 21 Feb, 21 March, 02 May, 30 May and 27 June.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  3. Nineteenth Century American Literary Classics
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    This class explores the wonderful world of 19th century American literature, reading classic texts to broaden knowledge of literary history through a range of influential novels, stories, and poems. Among the writers considered in their literary, political, and cultural contexts will be Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  4. City Lit reading group 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session on Friday 29 September with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'Piranesi' by Susanna Clarke. Meetings take place on 27/9, 01/11, 06/12; 24/01, 28/2, 28/03, 09/5, 06/06, 04/07/25.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  5. Philosophy and literature: from existentialism to (post)modernism
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Barrie Selwyn
    Literature provides a very effective springboard into the understanding of the developing notions of selfhood and human nature in the history of ideas and philosophy sharpens our understanding of literature within the broader context of this history.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  6. Makers not muses: Claude Cahun, Eileen Agar and Isabel Rawsthorne
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Explore the work of three radical artists whose work and practice defied convention in modern art from the 1920s to 1960s. Discover how each artist challenged and transcended society’s expectations of being a ‘muse’ by living freely and making art in a variety of media, from painting and sculpture to collage, photography and performance.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
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  7. A brief history of printmaking
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Discover the complexity of printmaking through this introduction to its history. Explore the cultural contexts, social ideas and artistic methods that make printmaking distinct to other forms of art.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  8. Latin American literary classics
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    From Mexico to Patagonia, Latin America has produced some of the most spellbinding literature of the modern age. From dictatorship and death to national identity and the natural world, join us as we investigate the cultural heritage of the continent through some of its best writers.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Philosophy and cultural theory
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Barrie Selwyn
    We will look the philosophical underpinnings of culture through the writings of key philosophers who engage critically with the self-images of the post enlightenment era. In particular we well look at the rise and fall of the self and the centrality of aesthetics in modern European philosophy.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
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  10. Borderlines of madness in 19th century fiction
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Wise
    We will explore various themes related to insanity and altered states of consciousness by examining a number of 19th-century works of fiction. Novelists and poets often had the greatest insights into the workings of the mind, and many Victorian psychiatrists cited works of fiction in their case studies. Among the authors we will analyse are Charlotte Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Gogol, Herman Melville and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  11. Italian cinema: from Neorealism to the genre film
    Course start date:  Fri 2 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cristina Massaccesi
    This cinema course focuses on Italian cinema in the years between 1945 and 1980. It will provide you with an overview of the main historical, cultural and social aspects of Italian filmmaking in Italy by looking at the work of some of its most influential author/directors.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
  12. Art in Britain since 2000: where are we now?
    Course start date:  Fri 9 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Discover how exciting, new UK-based artists use both experimental and traditional approaches to art to address issues of identity, history and personal experience.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
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