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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.

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  1. Seven wonders of the ancient world
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    The Seven Wonders fascinate us, but what were they and why were they wonders? Using art, literature and



    archaeology we'll explore possible answers.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  2. The life and times of George II
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    George II is perhaps best remembered as the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle and also as the



    instigator of the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah. His reign marked the high point of



    Handel’s career which the King did much to promote but also saw other great achievements in British culture with the art of Hogarth and the works of Pope and Swift. In politics, Robert Walpole created the post of Prime Minister and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion was the last attempt by the Stuarts to regain power and made him into an instant legend. Towards the end of the reign men like Pitt, Wolfe and Clive laid the foundations of the British empire whilst the Agricultural Revolution was transforming British society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
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  3. The Etruscans
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    Discover the mysterious people who lived in Central Italy and ended up being enveloped by the Romans.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  4. The life and times of George III
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    Explore the life and times of George 111 the first English born monarch for over 70 years whose reign saw both the loss of the American colonies and the birth of a new industrial, agricultural and scientific age.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
  5. Makers not muses: Claude Cahun, Eileen Agar and Isabel Rawsthorne
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Explore 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.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
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  6. Women in Ancient Greece
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  7. Loving the Alien: David Bowie's Music Videos and Filmography
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mary Wild
    In this course, we will rely on psychoanalytic theory as the interpretive framework of David Bowie’s music videos and filmography, with a focus on his personas, experience of childhood trauma, struggle with mental illness, addiction, isolation, resilience, and creative autonomy. This course is a celebration of a unique musical genius, our dearly departed glamorous alien, one so evolved that he turned his own death into a work of art.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  8. The life and times of George IV
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    George IV is remembered as the Prince Regent whose extravagance was matched by his good taste. Explore the tumultuous life and times of this fascinating monarch.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
  9. Writing poetry: getting started
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Feb 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Billie Manning
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £40.00
  10. The life and times of William IV
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    Known as the Sailor King, William IV had spent much of his career in the Navy and later held the title Lord High Admiral. As king he presided over one of the most Reforming Governments ever and gained a reputation for reversing the extravagance of his brother’s reign.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
  11. Ways of reading: aspects of narrative theory
    Course start date:  Fri 16 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jenny Stevens
    What do we mean by ‘literary fiction’? What expectations do we bring to the novels we read? Do we really ‘escape’ when we enter fictional worlds? These are just some of the questions addressed in a course which focuses on the analysis of prose fiction. Reading texts as short as one-sentence ‘flash fiction’ to complete short stories, it engages with writing from a wide range of periods and authors, paying close attention to narrative techniques and their effects.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  12. The writings of Cicero: an introduction
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    An introduction to one of the most influential and prolific Roman writers, Cicero, his life and works.



    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 £45.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
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