Explore History, Culture & Writing
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.
Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Learning community.
Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.
- ‘Making Connections: Reviewing Film Remakes’Course start date: Tue 10 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Paul SuttonFilm remakes often get a bad press, but there is frequently more to them than meets the eye. Whether a remake of an older classic, as in the case of Gus van Sant’s reworking of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, for example, or the Hollywood remake of a cherished European film, these types of film reveal a set of complex cultural, national, industrial and perhaps even psychological connections. Join us to explore what makes a remake and to critically analyse some filmic examples.
This session is part of the 2023 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
- Connecting through collaborative writingCourse start date: Wed 11 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Brian MullinTwo (or more!) heads are better than one! Collaborate with others to create short pieces of theatre, using everyone's skills and ideas to tell collective stories.
- History, memory and mental wealth: why we need to talk about empireCourse start date: Fri 13 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Martin JorgensenFormally, European imperialism ended decades ago. Yet, the different legacies still affect the world and many societies today. Join us for a discussion on why we need to talk about empire and mental wealth. This session is part of our Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
- Art history tasterCourse start date: Fri 22 Sep 2023 (and 13 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah JaffrayCurious about art history? Join us for this taster session where we explore different ways into visual art and its histories, from the ancient to the contemporary.
- Film studies tasterCourse start date: Sat 2 Dec 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Paul SuttonLearn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit Film Studies class. In this class we will view and explore clips from a number of films, including popular remakes, enabling us to consider and compare themes and techniques from differing filmmaking countries. There will be a chance to review – in brief – film courses at City Lit (January - March 2024).Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
- The poetry of connectionCourse start date: Thu 12 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ellen CranitchOn this short course, part of City Lit’s Mental Wealth Festival, you will experiment with the aspects of poetry that create connection.
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