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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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  1. Writing flash fiction: getting started
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. This short workshop on the essential components of flash fiction will teach you to tell a complete story in very few words. Please note: this course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  2. Ways into poetry: intensive
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Jul 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    Are you just starting to write poetry? This shorter version of our introductory Ways into poetry course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
  3. Ways into creative writing: intensive
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Jul 2024 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Leipciger
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
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  4. Global History Friday Lates: The Medieval Spice Trade
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Join our Global History Friday Late session to discover how spice became the most valuable trade commodity in the pre-modern world that would ultimately lead to the discovery of America.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  5. Creative writing: getting started
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Aug 2024 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive online short course. Ideal if you want to write but need help getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination. (Course has a 2-hr break: 12:30-14:30).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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  6. Picture book writing: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Aug 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This taster course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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  7. What is Social Anthropology: The birth of the discipline 19th-20th Century
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Yasmin Hales
    This ‘What is Social Anthropology?’ course, will introduce you to the 19thC birth of the discipline, an understanding of cross-cultural human behaviour and the similarities and differences between societies on a global and local level.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  8. London at war - guided walks
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our embattled past. These walks examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.



    London guide: Eleanor Jackson



    First lecture will be delivered via zoom followed by 8 guided walks.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  9. Rising powers: China, from Mao to Xi
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Jan 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    The spectacular rise of China is one of the most significant developments of the last decades. What explains it and what does it mean for China itself and the world?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £289.00 Concession £188.00
  10. Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  11. Creative non-fiction: a taster
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Have you had experiences that will move, delight or entertain readers? This taster session in creative-non fiction explores approaches to capturing your most poignant moments and crafting them into inspiring pieces of literature.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
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  12. Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
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  13. The men who built London
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. Our lecture and walks examine London’s buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.



    London guide: Eleanor Jackson



    First lecture will be delivered via zoom followed by 8 guided walks.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  14. City of words: London's literary landscape
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture (via zoom) we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is on zoom . This is followed by 7 guided walks.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
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  15. Revolutions and counter-revolutions in Europe and beyond at the end of the First World War and after
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    As WWI ended and empires came down, a new world emerged. Revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces,



    inspired or frightened by the Russian Revolution, vied for power in parts of Europe and beyond with lasting consequences.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £289.00 Concession £188.00
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