History, culture & writing

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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. London at war 1914-19
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mike Berlin
    The Great War changed lives across the globe. For Londoners, material gain was coupled with emotional uncertainty and grief. What were their experiences on the Home Front, at work, at home and at leisure? And what was the legacy of these years? Explore these issues in this interactive lectue course.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  2. Contemporary British and international fiction
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aamer Hussein
    Join us for a fascinating exploration of contemporary novels in English, including Burntcoat, Sarah Hall's exploration of love in the days of lockdown; Diving for Pearls, Irish novelist Jamie O'Neil's sweeping saga of wealth and poverty in modern day Dubai; Kashmiri-British Mirza Waheed's Tell her Everything, an examination of conscience, guilt and fatherhood, set in London and the Middle East; and Julian Barnes's intriguing and complex recent novel, Elizabeth Finch.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  3. Explore the areas around London's newest transport links
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    Explore areas adjacent to our newest London stations. Head south for Battersea and Nine Elms, east to Barking Riverside and along the Elizabeth Line to Farringdon, Bond Street, Whitechapel, Abbey Wood, Custom House, Ealing and Southall.







    First meeting place: Monday 11 September at 11am: Meet outside Battersea Power Station tube.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  4. Stories of the Isles
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julian Birkett
    Take a journey round the British Isles to discover the best of modern writing from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland - and find how writers living hundreds of miles from literary London have found their own way of telling stories and imagining their worlds. Includes James Joyce to Claire Keegan, Dylan Thomas to James Kelman and Shena McKay.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  5. Great novellas from Turgenev to Marquez
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julian Birkett
    According to Ian McEwan “the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction”. The novella (or long short story/short novel) was one of the most successful and intriguing literary forms of the 19th and 20th centuries. Find out how and why some of the greatest modern writers including Ivan Turgenev, Edith Wharton and James Baldwin used the form to create work that was concise, resonant, enigmatic and often ground breaking.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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