History, culture & writing - KS - Keeley Street

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.

Study in-person at City Lit or offsite, or online from the comfort of home, with interactive classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information on our online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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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  1. Renaissance and Decline – Egypt from the 26th Dynasty to Alexander the Great
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    Assyrian power is at an end. Psammetichus 1 creates a new Dynasty and launches a period of renewal, a political and cultural renaissance. Herodotus, the ‘first historian’ tells vivid stories about the characters and events in this dramatic period. Persia invades and conquers the Nile Valley before being expelled in turn by Alexander the Great.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  2. Creative non-fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Paul Laffan
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
  3. Writing fiction
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Tasha Kavanagh
    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  4. Classical civilisations – Part 2: Imperial Athens, Democracy and Empire
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    Aristocratic rule in Athens is replaced by a new regime (both more and less democratic than we understand the term today!) Under the leadership of Pericles, the city now embarks on years of imperial expansion. A glorious decade of cultural and artistic achievement follows with new ideas in art, drama, science, philosophy, medicine, politics and oratory. All this is terminated by the trauma of the Peloponnesian war.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  5. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Charlotte Heather
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Ways into poetry
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  7. In war, defeat and victory (Britain and France in WWII)
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Appleby
    This course will explore the Franco-British Alliance from ‘phoney war’ to Dunkirk, leading to Petain’s armistice and de Gaulle’s Free France in London. Learn about British support for French resistance and the role of the Fighting French in the Allied invasion of France in 1944.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  8. Ways into creative writing
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Paul Laffan
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. Imperial Germany between tradition and modernity (1871-1919)
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rudolf Muhs
    The course offers a broad survey of the political, social and economic history of Imperial Germany from Unification in 1871 to the Revolution at the end of the First World War in 1918.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
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  10. Ghetto uprising 1943: Jewish life and death in Warsaw
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Rosenberg
    In April 1943, some 40,000 starving people were still incarcerated in terrible conditions within the Warsaw Ghetto. A few hundred among them – predominantly young people – led an armed rebellion against the Nazis. This course conveys the incredible story of their uprising but also reveals the background of Warsaw's vibrant but increasingly endangered Jewish life in the decades before the uprising. It describes the many forms of resistance that took place after the Nazi invasion, highlights key individuals who played a role, and provides an opportunity to reflects on different aspects of this tragic but inspiring episode during the Holocaust.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
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  11. An introduction to poetry: Blake and Keats
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jenny Baynes
    Come and join an introduction and exploration of the poetry of William Blake and John Keats. We will read, discuss and enjoy a selection of their poetry and consider how the poets shape our responses.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  12. Anthropology of art, ethnographic film and photography
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yasmin Hales
    This introductory course aims to critically explore the role and symbolic meaning of art from a cross-cultural perspective, ranging from the concept of beauty, the beliefs and rituals associated with material objects, to the human body as canvas and the role of museums.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
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  13. Early 20th Century Britain and Ireland
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Street
    The course explores both the political, economic, social and cultural history of Britain itself in these years and its dealings with Ireland, notably over Home Rule, Easter 1916 and the Anglo/Irish war and settlement, 1919-1922.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  14. Seven wonders of the ancient world
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    The Seven Wonders fascinate us, but what were they and why were they wonders? Using art, literature and



    archaeology we'll explore possible answers. Includes a visit to the British Museum.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  15. Philosophical life coaching
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Lebon
    Philosophical life coaching helps you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life by using insights and methods from the great thinkers. This introductory workshop will show you some of the most interesting ways it can be of help. No previous experience required.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £30.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100

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