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.
- Get together and readCourse start date: Thu 28 Sep 2023 (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.
- Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre and VilletteCourse start date: Thu 2 May 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sophie OxenhamThis Literature course focuses on two novels by Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre and Villette. We will develop an appreciation of Brontë’s narrative methods and concerns through close analysis of her language, alongside engaging with the literary, historical and critical contexts of these novels, and the Brontë ‘mythology’ itself.
- The beginnings of Impressionism: the Barbizon SchoolCourse start date: Thu 23 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emma Rose BarberWho said the Impressionists were the first to paint ‘en plein air’? Get lost in wood and green and light and shade in the large forest of Fontainebleau near Paris and learn about a group of 19th-century painters who influenced the Impressionists in the art of painting landscape outside.Full fee £99.00
- Copies & copyists in antiquity: art, beauty and misunderstandingCourse start date: Thu 29 Feb 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Simone ChisenaExplore the often-overlooked world of ancient copies and copyists, how their work helped to save art treasures for the future and how it impacts on our modern perception of the Ancient World.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
- An introduction to European decorative arts at the V&ACourse start date: Thu 18 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Andreas PetzoldThe Victoria and Albert Museum has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of European decorative arts in the world. This course aims to provide an introduction to these rich collections. It will focus on the period 1500 to 1900, but references later developments. The main media will be explored including textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork, and silver.Full fee £89.00
- Makers not muses: Claude Cahun, Eileen Agar and Isabel RawsthorneCourse start date: Thu 25 Apr 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Chantal CondronExplore the work of three radical artists whose work and practice defied convention in modern art from the 1920s to 1960s. Discover how each artist challenged and transcended society’s expectations of being a ‘muse’ by living freely and making art in a variety of media, from painting and sculpture to collage, photography and performance.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- An introduction to stained glass at the V&ACourse start date: Thu 9 May 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Andreas PetzoldStained glass has been described as the most original and important medium in the high Middle Ages. The Victoria and Albert Museum has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of stained glass in the world, spanning the twelfth century to the modern period. The course will provide an introduction to this medium and the collection of it in the Victoria and Albert Museum.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
- George Eliot: MiddlemarchCourse start date: Thu 6 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sophie OxenhamThis short literature course will explore George Eliot’s novel, ‘Middlemarch’ (1871-2). Considered by many to be the greatest nineteenth century novel, we explore its narrative methods and characterisation, its rich engagement with the ideas and concerns of its age, and above all, its deep humanity that still resonates today.Full fee £99.00
- Mary Queen of ScotsCourse start date: Thu 13 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ellen CarpenterIntrigue, murder, execution…despite over 500 years passing since her death, Mary’s colourful life continues to attract filmmakers, novelists, and historians alike. Join us to discover what Mary’s reign, abdication and execution may teach us about the instabilities of social, religious, and political life in Scotland and England in the 1500s.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
- Beckett and The Divine Comedy: a lifelong influenceCourse start date: Thu 13 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Stephen WinfieldExplore the intimate relationship between Beckett’s universe of unbelief, presided over by a Godot who never comes, and Dante’s poem, the most exalted, vastly influential literary expression of medieval Christianity, whose presence can be felt everywhere in the Irishman’s long oeuvre, in every genre – in his plays, novels, stories, poems, essays - and at every stage of his career. What brought them together, and what were the results?Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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