Fiction

From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.
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  1. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’s novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest nineteenth-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  2. Allende, Borges and Marquez: masters of Latin American storytelling

    Course Date: Sat 7 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore short stories from Jorge Luis Borges' 'Labyrinths' (1962), together with Gabriel Garcia Márquez's novella 'No one writes to the Colonel' (1961) & Isabel Allende's 'Los Cuentos de Eva Luna' (1989), investigating their unique approach to storytelling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. American literature: the landscape of the 'dream'

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American reinvention of self changed pace after WW2. Read and discover fiction and drama of the 1950s that captured the changing sensibilities of the post-war world. Includes 'Giovanni's Room' by James Baldwin, stories by Flannery O'Connor and John Cheever and the play 'A Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansbury.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. You will read and discuss a wide range of poetry and prose including the novel 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot and some short stories.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Build reading group 1

    Course Date: Fri 6 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'Station Eleven' by Emily St John Mandel. Monthly meetings on 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec, 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 9 March, 20 April, 18 May, 15 June.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. Build reading group 2

    Course Date: Fri 13 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read The Blazing World (IF) by Siri Hustvedt. Monthly meetings take place on 13 Oct, 10 Nov, 8 Dec, 19 Jan, 16 Feb, 16 March, 27 April, 25 May and 22 June.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  7. Classics reading group

    Course Date: Mon 30 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and discuss some of the great books from the golden age of the novel - the 19th century. We’ll be reading and talking about classics such as Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Jane Austen’s Emma. Classes on 30/10/17, 4/12/17, 5/218 and 12/3/18.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  8. Colonial legacies: postcolonial voices

    Course Date: Wed 27 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore issues of exoticism, slavery, and ethnic identity in classic colonial and postcolonial novels. Discover writers who investigate the effects of Empire, and the positive and negative impact of multiculturalism. Includes Jane Austen’s 'Mansfield Park'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  9. Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the American literary scene at the end of the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Discover writers who voice the concerns of modern society as well as reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  10. Diving below the surface: drama and poetry

    Course Date: Thu 24 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore attitudes towards women, abortion, African heritage and hope, in Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. Read a selection of poetry, including work by Langston Hughes, from whom Hansberry took the play’s title.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  11. Diving below the surface: fiction

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore themes of colonialism, race and culture, loyalty and betrayal, love and violence, in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2007 novel, Half of a Yellow Sun and a selection of short stories.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. Dubliners: between paralysis and epiphany in 'Two Sisters' and 'The Dead'

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip into James Joyce in a dynamic one-day course with two selections from Dubliners. We will consider the nature of paralysis and epiphany in ‘Two Sisters’ and ‘The Dead’. Please read these in preparation.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Faulkner's gothic vision

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Faulkner’s short novel ‘The Bear’, we will examine how narration probes the cracked surfaces of human relationships. The guided, text-based discussion will provide tools towards understanding Faulkner’s complex vision. Please read in advance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Film of the book

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read works of fiction and view their cinematic adaptations, considering if 'fidelity' is important in bringing a literary text to the screen. Includes 'A Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes (2011), film 2017 (dir. Ritesh Batra), and Alice Munro's 'The Bear Came over the Mountain' (2001), filmed by Sarah Polley as 'Away from Her' (2006).
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  15. Get together and read

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories and poems? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation. It's free and you can join at any time during the course.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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