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- Literature tasterCourse start date: Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley Street (other locations are available)Tutors: Patricia SweeneyDo you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and join us to discover what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.
- Key texts of 19th and 20th century drama: Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, Brian Friel and Timberlake WertenbakerCourse start date: Mon 19 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetThis course will explore the concerns, styles and influences of four key dramatic texts from the late 19th and 20th centuries and how they reflect the times in which they were written. It includes The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller, Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
- The Golden Age of the British Short Story 1890-1914Course start date: Mon 19 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julian BirkettThe years 1890 to 1914 were a golden age for British writers of short stories. As the country moved from Victorian certainties to an unknown, possibly exciting, possibly frightening future, writers found the short story form perfectly suited to their concerns. The roll call is an impressive one: from Kipling, Hardy, HG Wells and Conan Doyle through Chesterton and Conrad to Katherine Mansfield and DH Lawrence.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- American Gothic: the darker side of fictionCourse start date: Tue 20 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julian BirkettExplore and discuss the work of great 19th and 20th century writers such as Hawthorne. Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson and Flannery O’Connor – and learn about the dark streak that runs through so much of the best American literature.
- Stories from EuropeCourse start date: Wed 21 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Aamer HusseinFreshly translated or newly rediscovered gems of European writing from the second half of the 20th century include Arturo’s Island by Elsa Morante (Italy), The Last and the First by Nina Berberova (Russia), The Inseparables by Simone de Beauvoir (France), Train was on Time by Heinrich Boll (Germany), Forty Lost Years by Rosa Maria Arquimbau (Catalonia/Spain) and The Man From London by Simenon (Belgium).Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- What's the Big Idea?: classic and contemporary short storiesCourse start date: Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard NilandRead and discuss celebrated short stories each week for six weeks – discuss and explore what we understand might be the writers’ intentions, and what it means for us as readers – which can be quite different. Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories and how they withstand the shifting context of readers, and time.
- City Lit reading group 1Course start date: Fri 23 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Tabby ToussaintShare thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session on Friday 23 September with suggestions (English-language contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read Open Water (2021) by Caleb Azumah Nelson. Monthly meetings on 23 Sept; 28 Oct, 2 Dec; 20 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 March; 28 April; 26 May; 30 June.Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
- Secret Histories, Intrigues and Time Travel: curious letters in contemporary fictionCourse start date: Sun 25 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate WilkinsonDo you still write letters? Novelists do! This one-day course opens up the dynamic and curious life of letters in twenty-first century fiction. Reading extracts from four novels, we’ll unfold stories of past wrongs, present dilemmas and interstellar futures, to investigate how and why writers today continue to work with letters.
Includes extracts from An American Marriage (2018) by Tayari Jones, Double Negative (2010) by Ivan Vladislavic, Where'd you go, Bernadette? (2012) by Maria Semple and the Book of Strange New Things (2014) by Michel Faber.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
- Writing from Life: from Maggie O'Farrell to Ocean VuongCourse start date: Tue 27 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate WilkinsonWhat do we want and expect from ‘life stories’? How does this change when we read memoirs and novels? This course reads a selection of fascinating books and extracts, which experiment to combine memoir, personal experience and invention in different ways. As well as memoirs we’ll study ‘autofiction’ – a relatively new description for the work of novelists whose material is, explicitly, their own life – and consider ideas about this tricky and at times controversial category of writing. We’ll think too about some of the ethical and cultural questions that ‘writing from life’ raises, including privacy, a right of reply, and factors that may affect a work’s critical reception.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
- Get together and readCourse start date: Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Claire AllenEnjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories, poems and drama? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
- City Lit reading group 2Course start date: Fri 30 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Patricia SweeneyShare thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'The Harlem Shuffle' by Colson Whitehead. Monthly meetings take place on 30 Sept, 4 Nov, 09 Dec; 27 Jan, 3 March, 31 March, 5 May, 2 June and 7 July.Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
- Latin American Literary ClassicsCourse start date: Fri 30 Sep 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard NilandFrom 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 its most famous writers. Includes Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sabato, Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
- Rise of the novel in the 18th centuryCourse start date: Fri 7 Oct 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Megan BeechExplore the dynamic evolution of fiction throughout the 18th century, from the island life of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe to the bold formal experimentation of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. The course will also consider the role of women in the form and the factors in 18th Century society which contributed to the formation and enduring popularity of literature’s most well-known and widely read form.Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £169.00
- Ways into Advanced fiction, poetry and drama: Nineteenth Century VoicesCourse start date: Wed 12 Oct 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hugh Epstein, Patricia SweeneyExplore the rewards of close reading analysis, focusing on the three main literary genres of fiction,
poetry and drama. Read, analyse and debate British, European and American works from different periods of time, including The Awakening(1899) by Kate Chopin, Hedda Gabler(1891) by Henrik Ibsen, and poetry by Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barratt Browning, Matthew Arnold, Alfred Tennyson, and Christina Rossetti.Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
- Exploring literature: An introduction to prose and poetryCourse start date: Thu 13 Oct 2022
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate WilkinsonThis course introduces you to a variety of prose texts and poems from the nineteenth century to the present. Explore how poems work both ‘on the page’ and as spoken words. Reading prose, we’ll explore narrative technique, characterisation and social context. Come and discover what’s distinctive about these different forms of literature. Includes 'Washington Square' by Henry James, 'Mrs. Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf and a range of short stories and poetry.Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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