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.

Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Learning community.

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  1. Poetic Moments
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laurie Smith
    What makes some poets seize the moment in which they live, and write about it in poems which become famous and much loved? Some poems capture the spirit of their time so memorably that we feel they will always be read and admired. How does this happen?
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Travel writing: a taster
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    Course start date:  Thu 2 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Susan Grossman
    You love travelling and taking photos but how do you decide what to write about and which pictures will sell? This course will help you focus, and give you the skills you need to approach editors with confidence.



    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 £28.00
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  3. Makers not muses: Claude Cahun, Eileen Agar and Isabel Rawsthorne
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  4. Movements in art: Pop and Minimalism
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    From Andy Warhol to Yoko Ono, Richard Hamilton to Maya Lin explore Pop Art and Minimalism to understand how these rival movements revolutionised the way we see and experience art.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  5. Religion and nothingness: the Kyoto School
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Goff
    Thinking of God as ‘Absolute’ and as ‘Nothing’ is key to the inter-faith dialogue of Zen Buddhism and Christian theology promoted by Kyoto School thinkers Nishida and Nishitani. In what sense is God ‘Nothing’?
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £39.00
  6. Minds, brains and related philosophical headaches
    Course start date:  Thu 12 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ariel Kernberg
    “No Brain, No Pain” — that’s hardly controversial. But is having an experience or—indeed—entertaining a thought



    nothing else than neural activity? In this course we will look at this and some related philosophical questions.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  7. 19th Century French and Russian Literature
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    This class explores classic texts of 19th century French and Russian literature, discussing literary style, themes, and contexts as a way of developing and sharing responses to celebrated European writing. From history and memory to madness and death, the class tackles some of the finest works ever written. Among the French writers examined will be Balzac, Flaubert, and Baudelaire, with our Russians including Gogol, Tolstoy and Chekhov.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  8. Introduction to the Wallace Collection
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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