History, culture & writing

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 writing creative non-fiction and American history and politics.

Study 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, 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. Japanese history and culture in the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Kazuo Ishiguro expressed a unique, personal vision of Japan in his early novels. Discover how this relates to the ‘real’ Japanese history and culture of the mid-twentieth century, and also to the Nobel Prize-winning author’s perennial themes of memory, emotion and personal responsibility.

    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 £36.00
  2. How to impress a publisher
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.

    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. Constable's Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The artist John Constable rented properties in Hampstead with his family from 1819 until he made it his permanent home in 1827.This virtual walk looks at the Georgian and Regency Hampstead he knew and includes quotes from his letters and points out his favourite places he painted.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00
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  4. Don Quixote for the 21st Century: the first road novel
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover why Don Quixote is considered to be the first modern novel. We explore Cervantes’ work from a wide variety of perspectives, bringing it back to life 400 years later. Readers embark on an unforgettable voyage from the first line: 'Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago...'.

    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 £36.00
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  5. In my end is my beginning: the meaning & potential of growing old
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This innovatory course will present a wide range of poetic explorations of the experience and significance of growing old and the approach of death. While acknowledging the inevitable difficulties and challenges of the last phase of life, the emphasis will be on illuminating the scope and potential of old age while reflecting on the interdependence of life and death.

    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 £36.00
  6. An introduction to the horror film
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course introduces you to the genre's key themes, its major developments, and a range of critical perspectives on horror cinema. In doing so, we will view and discuss a variety of films and consider their various production contexts, including the Universal cycle of films in the 1930s, Hammer films of the 1950s/60s, American horror cinema since 1970, and recent East Asian horror cinema.

    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 £36.00
  7. ‘Full steam ahead’: Britain’s railways in the Second World War
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course explores Britain’s railways’ national role from Evacuation through to Dunkirk, D-Day and beyond. Other aspects include the railways’ recruitment/deployment of women, response to invasion fears, the passenger experience, the Blackout and the Blitz.

    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 £20.00
  8. Jesus: what does the evidence say?
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the evidence in the New Testament and other sources for who Jesus was, what he did and why he was crucified. This will involve developing knowledge of the New Testament and biblical interpretation.

    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 £15.00 Concession £12.00
  9. Film Noir and the dark side of Hollywood
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Film noir describes the darker tone and visual style of 1940s/50s’ American films, from The Maltese Falcon to Kiss Me Deadly. Emigre directors, thrilled by Raymond Chandler’s pulp poetry, painted an expressionist realism onto the screen in an outburst of artistic maturity, style and meaning. Pulp fiction’s existentialism exposed Hollywood confections and the dark side of the American dream. Indeed, The Bad and the Beautiful led to The Long Goodbye.

    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 £36.00
  10. Creating your author platform online
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. In this workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.

    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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  11. Creation, creature, creativity
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore how poetic representations of the creation and the principle of creativity have evolved over 3000 years. Trace these themes from scriptural texts, through Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism and up to the present day.

    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 £36.00
  12. How to write a book about your expert knowledge
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short crash course is aimed at academics, business experts, health practitioners, life-coaches, psychologists, and anyone with a specific professional expertise who wants to write a book. It demystifies the publishing process and helps you formulate the first steps and stages to writing a book.

    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
  13. King Kong: a cinematic legend
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    King Kong was billed as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' in the original film and nearly ninety years later that status is just as mighty. Explore the film's conception, production and groundbreaking special effects, its enduring 'beauty and the beast' narrative, and its reputation, both critically and culturally, while also considering a sequel, two remakes, and other entries in the series.

    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 £36.00
  14. Craft focus: novel plotting workshop (advanced)
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
  15. Religion, ethics and modern life: assisted dying and Christianity
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore religious approaches to ethics, with a focus on sources and ideas from the Christian tradition, and apply these to the moral issue of assisted dying.

    This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00

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