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. US controversies: Cuba and the United States
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Gain
    In 2019, sixty years after Fidel Castro's rebel army overthrew an American-backed dictatorship, the US and Cuba are at a cross-roads: the Castro era now over; the Trump administration threatening to return to a Cold War footing. This one day course will reveal how we got here — via sugar cane fires and exploding cigars. It will use photography, film clips and primary sources to bring to life the stories that made that that history — and to ask, what happens next? Tutor: Jack Gain.



    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
  2. Focus on: Indian court fashion from the 16th to 18th century
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    Study the distinctive sartorial identity of court attire under the early Mughal emperors of India, and its development from a fusion of Central Asian, Iranian and Indian traditions in textiles and dress.



    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 £42.00
  3. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alex Grant
    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.



    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
  4. How to build a career around your writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Goll
    Want to write but also build a sustainable career? This short course will help you know where to look for opportunities.



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
  5. Adam and Eve, David and Bathsheba: stories and afterlives of biblical marriages
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    The course is about the literary traditions which stemmed from well-known biblical stories, about how and why communities continued to engage and rewrite biblical stories.



    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 £26.00
  6. Heaven, Hell and Damnation before 1500
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Using texts and images explore the development of the concepts of heaven, hell and purgatory in Medieval Europe.



    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 £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
  7. Women in Ancient Greece
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    In this course we shall examine women in myth, women in religion and the everyday life of women. It will conclude with 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
  8. Television screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jim Hill
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series one day? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical short course. Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre in a fun and supportive environment.



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
  9. Masters of cinema: Steve McQueen
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    This course will explore the work of the Turner prize winning artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen. Awarded an Oscar in 2014 for his film, 12 Years a Slave, McQueen has been producing politically and racially committed artworks and films since the early 1990s. His most recent project, the five film Small Axe (2020) was broadcast on the BBC amid increasing recognition that racial prejudice for Britain’s ethnic minorities remains as prevalent today as it was half a century ago. This course will examine McQueen’s work as a response to and an engagement with these experiences.



    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
  10. Literature taster: contemporary fiction
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patricia Sweeney
    Ever wondered what studying an online Literature course at City Lit is like? Tempted to try, but not ready to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session on contemporary fiction to boost your confidence and whet your appetite for further study!







    Includes information on the Literature programme offering for term three, which runs from April to July 2022.



    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 £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  11. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    This study day will examine the question of the association of women with magic and witchcraft.



    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 £26.00
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  12. Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul: the story of an iconic city
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the multilayered history of the city from the origins to the end of the Ottoman Empire.



    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
  13. Georgian London 1714-1815
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mike Berlin
    Explore Georgian London's contradictions: its new and fashionable developments reflect ideas of rationality and order, but everyday life was beset by filth and dangers. How do London’s buildings illustrate these tensions?



    Also as the capital of a global superpower, how were the lives of Londoners affected by political, economic and social revolution, and protracted warfare in a period spanning the American Revolution and the defeat of Napoleon?



    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. Gods and Heroes: Classical Influence on Art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    How the classical world and the myths of Greece and Rome influenced and shaped art in the 17th and 18th century. Visit to the British Museum included.



    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. Writing fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Barnes
    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
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