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  1. Introduction to global literature
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Jones
    Are you curious about reading literature from across the world? Would you like to encounter some of the world’s finest literary works, reading across cultures and national borders, and in translation? This in-college session will give you a flavour of what it’s like to study and explore what global literature is, reading excerpts from major works.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £19.00
  2. The East End in Fact and Fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Wise
    Covering the early 19th century to the early 20th century, we will examine the East End and analyse how it was portrayed in works of fiction, thinking about how imaginative fiction and historical fact intertwine to create local legend.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  3. Create presentantions and brochures using Canva
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This is a new course In the Business and Technology department, and we are currently developing the course outline. Please check back soon.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  4. Masters of cinema: Paolo Sorrentino
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    Paolo Sorrentino has been described as ‘the most promising Italian director of his generation’. This one-day course will explore the cinema of this Neapolitan filmmaker renowned for his ‘commitment to style’. We will look at a number of his films as well as his television work, and examine some of the themes that he has returned to throughout his career, for example, power, nostalgia and solitude. We will also consider his Sorrentino’s relationship with figures such as the cinematographer Luca Bigazzi and the actor Toni Servillo, both of whom have collaborated frequently with the director. So, join us in City Lit’s Cultureplex screening space for day-long immersion into the beautifully stylish cinematic world of Paolo Sorrentino.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  5. Literary werewolves and vampires
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    On this short course we will explore the way in which authors in the nineteenth century created and shaped what we write and think about vampires and werewolves today. We will read extracts from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla alongside various short stories, penny dreadfuls, and news articles from the period.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  6. Fifties film noir: Kiss me Deadly
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    Film Noir was the term coined by French critics to describe a distinctive style in American cinema during the decade after the war. In the transitional 1950s, genres that had been Hollywood staples began to change, evolve, or fade away. Film Noir evolved because it was too vital, too useful, and just too enjoyable to fade away. Just as John Huston’s Maltese Falcon (1941) kick-started film noir in the forties, his Asphalt Jungle (1950) introduced a darker fifties’ noir. Or did noir begin and end with Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941) and Touch of Evil (1958)? ((See related courses on Fifties Melodrama and Musicals and 50 Films From the ‘50s: Hollywood’s Last Stand).
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  7. Generative AI tools for programming
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Nov 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Hybrid (choose either online or in-person)

    Tutors:  Muhammad Khan
    This is a new course In the Business and Technology department, and we are currently developing the course outline. Please check back soon.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  8. Screening the vampire: from Nosferatu (1922) to Renfield (2023)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) is acknowledged as one of the all-time greats of cinema, expressing as one critic describes it, the ‘poetry of fear’ and as one of the first feature length vampire films it’s influence, and legacy has been widely felt. Chris McKay’s Renfield (2023), comes just over one hundred years after Nosferatu and marks one of the most recent instalments in a genre that continues to renew itself for each generation of film viewers. Exploring a range of key vampire films from across this century of cinema, this course will explore why the vampire film remains such a popular sub-genre of the horror film and it will consider why it continues to exercise such power over its spectators.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  9. Japanese calligraphy: Shodo / peace and harmony
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Nov 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chikako Nakagawa
    Come and experience the calming effect of writing Japanese with a brush on a large scale. Shodo is an aesthetic and artistic calligraphy skill used to write the Japanese language. You need to have basic knowledge of the Japanese writing system.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  10. Open Stammering - Festive Sing!
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    This December we will be having our first Open Stammering event here at City Lit. We would love you to come and join us for a Festive Sing! We are bringing together adults who stammer to participate in a scratch choir event.



    City Lit fosters a stammer affirming environment. Stammering is welcomed in all its forms. We recognise the experience of stammering is individual. Our Open Stammering events are an opportunity to build connections and gain support in the stammering community through creative, collaborative endeavours.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £27.00 Concession £8.00
  11. Documentary films of the 1950s: Free Cinema
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    John Grierson has a lot to answer for. Not only did he popularise that most dreary and off-putting term ‘documentary’ in the 1930s, he only approved those that were utilitarian, pedagogic or impersonal. But in the 1950s a new generation of filmmakers rejected these restrictive forms and a Free Cinema was born: an interest in the poetry of the everyday and a talent for finding art hiding in plain sight in unsung and unprepossessing neighbourhoods. Documentary to provoke change. No film can be too personal. An urgent cultural revolution was suddenly exploding everywhere. New York’s ‘off Broadway’ film movement, influenced by Italian neorealism, shot Little Fugitive (1953 Morris Engel/Ruth Orkin) on location on Coney Island. It was nominated for an Oscar. This landmark film led to John Cassavetes’ independent style and was an acknowledged influence on the French New Wave, Direct Cinema (U.S.) and Cinema Verite (France). As if on cue, Agnes Varda filmed La Pointe Courte (1955) on location in Sete, inventing and kick-starting the New Wave of Godard and Truffaut and her own Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). However, the biggest stirring of a new kind of documentary impulse was the Free Cinema in Britain, where Lindsay Anderson scorned the Griersonian style as didactic and dull and led the way to the British New Wave’s ‘kitchen sink’ films that were about our lives.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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