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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. The Aztecs

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover one of the great New World civilisations and their achievements - the Aztecs of Mexico.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. The Inca

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the history and culture of the Inca civilisation from South America.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

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