History, culture & writing - Keeley Street

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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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Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

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All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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  2. Developing your poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Cecilia Knapp
    For those familiar with the basics of poetic form, this intermediate course explores craft and content through reading exercises, writing exercises and constructive feedback. Ideal if you have already attended 'Ways into poetry'.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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  3. Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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  4. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Rosenberg
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Discover this history by taking actual, guided walks through six tumultuous decades of change. The first session is in the classroom at Keeley Street but all other sessions are guided walks. Full details of the meeting places for each walk will be given at the 1st session. 6 guided walks with 2 Zoom sessions.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  5. The History of the Irish short story: from early Joyce to Claire Keegan
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    The short story has come to be seen as one of Irish Literature’s most celebrated forms of expression. From the early stories of George Moore and James Joyce, to modern classics by John McGahern, William Trevor and Claire Keegan, the short story has allowed Irish writers to pick apart the complexities of Irish society in powerful, precise and poetic terms. This course will explore some of the most iconic short stories of twentieth-century Irish literature.
    Full fee £149.00
  6. Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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