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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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- 'A terrible beauty is born': poetry in revolutionary timesCourse start date: Mon 13 May 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Laurie SmithIs W H Auden right that “poetry makes nothing happen”? We look at how poets have helped people to understand, cope with and sometimes resist oppression in revolutionary periods from the late18th century to the present.Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
- London at war 1914-19Course start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Mike BerlinThe 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.
- Contemporary British and international fictionCourse start date: Wed 20 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Aamer HusseinJoin 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.
- Explore the areas around London's newest transport linksCourse start date: Mon 11 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Diane BursteinExplore 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.
- The art and culture of 17th century LondonCourse start date: Fri 22 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Julie BarlowDiscover the 17th century: a time of upheaval in Europe, intercontinental trade, religious schisms and a wide range of artistic styles. See its art, architecture and design in London’s galleries and museums. #arthistory #explorelondon #walkingtour.
- Stories of the IslesCourse start date: Mon 25 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julian BirkettTake 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.
- Great novellas from Turgenev to MarquezCourse start date: Tue 26 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julian BirkettAccording 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.
- National GalleryCourse start date: Wed 18 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Leslie PrimoDiscuss a differently themed group of paintings each week in front of the pictures. An opportunity to understand our national collection in greater depth.
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