History, culture & writing

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. Looking for the Golden Fleece: Jason and the Argonauts
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Maria Contos
    Come and explore the journey of the Argonauts and discover Jason.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00
  2. Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Introduction to journalism
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Tristan McConnell
    On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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  4. Art and critical theory: feminism, post-colonialism and the death of the artist
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Irina Chkhaidze
    Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on feminism, post-colonial theory and the notion of the death of the author.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Charlotte Heather
    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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  6. Wit, Sex and Passion: the Metaphysicals
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julian Birkett
    The poetry of the English 17th century - sometimes called Metaphysical poetry - is characterised by wit and wordplay that continue to delight and seduce us today. The poems of John Donne are brilliantly ingenious depictions of sexual passion, those of George Herbert are moving meditations on religious love, while Andrew Marvell in classic poems such as To His Coy Mistress treads a studiedly fine line between the art of seduction and sexual blackmail.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  7. Introduction to Graphic Novels
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Peter Cherry
    In 2018, Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel Sabrina was long listed for the Man Booker Prize leading to renewed discussion about the graphic novel and its relationship to the novel form. In this course, we will discuss how graphic novels, or ‘narratives of sequential art’, have developed into a literary and cultural form over the latter half of the twentieth century and into the current day.



    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 £60.00
  8. Symbols and stories: saints in art
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    Saints are represented in masterpieces of Christian art from 1200 to the present – learn how to recognise them, decode their meanings and iconography and enhance your understanding of this aspect of art history.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Modern France: from de Gaulle and the Resistance to Macron
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    (Re)discover France's complex politics during the Fourth and Fifth Republics, and the social challenges and tensions the country faced both at times of growth and modernisation and of crisis and doubts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
  10. Europe and the East: Renaissance to 19th century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    An exploration of five centuries of trade and cultural exchange between the Islamic East and Europe, looking at their impacts on the arts, sciences, scholarship, taste and technology.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Nostalgia Cinema: the return of the 50s and 80s
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann-Marie Fleming
    In the 1970s, nostalgia became commercialised. Most notably, cinema looked to the fifties for material. This cinematic version of the era has a recognisable aesthetic. This course looks at how and why the past is recalled in cinema. Additionally, the course discusses the theory of nostalgia and how it changed throughout the 20th century.



    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 £60.00
  12. Movements in art: Surrealism
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore the art and artists of Surrealism from their origins in the political and psychological upheaval of Post-World War I Paris to their widespread influence on 20th century art and culture.



    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  13. Origins of the Goddess in Ancient India
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vaughan Pilikian
    The Goddess is a figure of great mystery in premodern India. Mostly absent in the ancient period, she arises seemingly from nowhere to become Shakti, a dangerous and powerful divinity of central importance in medieval Shaivism. How might we begin to explain her origins? It seems that there may be evidence for a goddess cult in the material traces of the Indus Valley civilisation that predates the establishment of Vedic society. Might the Goddess be part of a Dravidian tradition of very great antiquity that somehow infiltrated the Indo-European? Or is her absence from our earliest textual sources overstated? Is it not the Goddess who appears as Night in the middle of the Mahabharata when the Kaurava warrior Ashvatthaman is about to slaughter his enemies in their sleep? And might the obscure and troubling ritual of the Ashvamedha shed some light on the sacred significance of female agency in the maintenance of Vedic sovereignty? This lecture will seek to address some of these challenging but fascinating questions.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  14. Reading and writing women in the ancient world: focus on writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Justin Murray
    Historical fiction about the Greek and Roman worlds is perennially popular with readers, and with the releases of books like Circe, The Children of Jocasta, and Electra, the new sub-genre of fiction exploring myths and legends has never been stronger. How are the female figures of these stories presented as relevant and accessible? And, for writers of historical fiction, how do we write accounts of these women in ways that draw out interesting new facets of their myths, or let readers see female figures they know already as if for the first time?



    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
  15. Focus on: Cornelia Parker
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Discover the work of Cornelia Parker, one of the most engagingly inventive contemporary artists working in Britain today. Turner Prize nominee and Royal Academician, her multi-disciplinary practice embraces sculpture, installation, embroidery, photography and printmaking.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00

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