History, culture & writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studies, creative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on [email protected]n.info.

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  1. An introduction to writing comedy

    An introduction to writing comedy

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about writing comedy? Explore every aspect of humorous scriptwriting for television, beginning with sketches, and looking at sitcoms from initial idea through to finished script.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. How to read a film

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through the analysis of images and clips from films of different eras and countries you will learn how different film elements – cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing, sound design, and performance – combine to create meaning in movies.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  3. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  4. La Belle Epoque? An introduction to French politics, society and culture in the early 20th century

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was La Belle Epoque really a 'golden age'? Socio-economic conditions remained appalling for many, and deep tensions over issues such as religion and workers' rights divided society. Yet a sense of optimism prevailed, fostered by a flamboyant cultural life, greater access to leisure and scientific and technical progress.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  5. The fiction of Raymond Carver

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the stories of Raymond Carver to discover how, as the Guardian stated, ‘with or without minimalist editing, the humanity of Raymond Carver's storytelling puts him in the same league as Chekhov.’.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  6. The Old Father-River: the poetry of the Thames from 1500 to the present day

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Beginning with an idealised, semi-pastoral Thames, the course progresses via satirical 18th century evocations to the complex responses of Romantic and Modern poets, concluding with a meditation commissioned for the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. The Odyssey reading group (in translation)

    The Odyssey reading group (in translation)

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Homer’s epic tale of Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan war may now be over 2,500 years old but it still has such to tell us about the ancient Greek world that is relevant today. Explore this great work in translation.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £50.00

  8. Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation) - Sappho

    Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation)

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are still well-loved, but other archaic Greek poets’ surviving works are equally fascinating. Explore the world and works of Hesiod, Archilochus, Sappho, Pindar and others.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  9. Four great kings of the ancient world

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the lives of four great kings as a gateway to a broader examination of the Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite and Neo-Assyrian empires. Learn more about these civilisations and cultures, and enjoy a guided tour of British Museum galleries.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  10. France after 1918: the socio-economic, political and cultural consequences of the war

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The victory against Germany in November 1918 came at a dramatic human and economic cost for France. How did French society cope with the trauma? What were the political, social and cultural consequences of the conflict and of peace itself?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  11. In and out the Angel: a guided walk

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    With its many watery, cinematic and theatrical associations, Angel is a delightful part of London to explore. Meander through its quiet backstreets and canal towpaths and hear stories of Starvation Farm, Disraeli's schooldays, Joe Orton, with his rather unusual visits to the local library, and London's first pub theatre. Meeting place: outside Angel tube.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  12. The Queen of Calvary: Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop and Stevie Smith

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore these poets’ originality, including their distinctive humour, which marked out their emotional and stylistic space in a poetry world dominated by men; with two brilliant young British women poets who have learned from them.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  13. The legacies of colonialism in Africa

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to colonialism, we will cover the imposition of colonialism, focusing on the 'scramble' for Africa and the main legacies of colonialism – a modernizing force or brutal exploitation that had devastating consequences for African development? Tutor: Mark McQuinn.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  14. Vedic chanting

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This practical course will teach you how to chant in Sanskrit and will introduce you to the sound of Sanskrit.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. Understanding poetry

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare and Milton to Ezra Pound and Frank O'Hara, what makes different types of poetry tick, and how can we gain the confidence to read them perceptively and with real enjoyment?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

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