Literature

We offer a wide range of literature courses at Build. From contemporary & classical literature, and novels to short stories, as well as our popular reading groups, you will find a course to suit your literary needs. In addition, please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
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  1. An introduction to poetry: UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following on from Introduction to poetry 1, you will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy in terms of their styles and themes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native and the poetry of a Habitat Revisited

    Course Date: Wed 14 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will study Hardy’s atmospheric and moody 1878 novel of belonging and alienation, with its tempestuous heroine Eustacia Vye, and troubled ‘modern’ hero Clym Yeobright, interspersed with related Hardy poems that revisit love and locality.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. The freedom of our crimes: the poetry of WW2 across Europe

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We shall study responses to the war from poets representing several combatant nations. In the process, we shall discover just how impressive and various were their evocations of this terrible and many-faceted conflict.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1980s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. Includes Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kindred, by Octavia Butler and selected short fiction from the period.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  5. Earth and air: three Romantic poets

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    The most human of the elements, earth and air, will lead us into some of the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats, and their meditations on the relations between the individual, nature and society. The course will take place at Keats House in Hampstead.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. The plays of Anton Chekhov

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read, view and discuss extracts from 'The Seagull', 'Three Sisters', 'Uncle Vanya' and 'The Cherry Orchard' and consider their revolutionary nature in terms of the concept of 'inner action'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. The fiction of Hilary Mantel

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discuss three works of fiction by the prize writer Hilary Mantel: the ghost novel Beyond Black, the celebrated Tudor historical novel Bring Up the Bodies and the controversial story ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Exploring commedia dell'arte: two masterpieces of Carlo Goldoni

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Commedia dell’Arte originated in Italy in the 16th century, establishing a lasting legacy on many playwrights. Discover more about its characters, themes and how the plays were staged. We will also read from two of Carlo Goldoni’s most famous works: Servant of Two Masters and The Mistress of the Inn.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. William Blake: 'eternity's sunrise'

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss Blake’s epic attempt to encourage us to throw off our “mind-forg’d manacles”. A representative selection of his writings (and most potent images) – from the Songs to The Four Zoas – will be considered.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Female mystic writers of the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sun 25 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at writers such as Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, this course considers the way in which women writers represented their fantastic experiences and visions in medieval times.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Rising stars in contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Poetry sales are rising. We will read a range of up-and-coming poets and discuss whether their work offers us something long-lasting, perhaps permanent, or whether they will fade away as fashions change.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  12. Literature of displacement: Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things and Toni Morrison's A Mercy

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using these two evocative works and selections from A Country of Refuge, we will consider how the loss or breakdown of one's home culture is reflected in the lived experience of characters in narrative form.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Exiles at home and abroad: transnational writing today

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read 21st century fiction in English and in translation from across the world. Texts include Arundhati Roy's Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Mohsin Hamid's novel, Exit West, Mirza Waheed's The Book of Gold Leaves and Han Kang's The Vegetarian.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Milton: Paradise Lost

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Paradise Lost' excites fascination and controversy, confronting the existence of evil in a divinely ordained world. We shall explore each of the twelve books to develop our understanding of this most complex and rewarding epic.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. A pilgrimage through Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on some key tales, we look at the early manuscripts, consider Chaucer's use of language and imagery, and explore themes that run through the Tales: corruption, religion, gender, and status in medieval society.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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