Literature Courses in London

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.
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  1. Bertolt Brecht: poet in times of revolution, war and exile

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The day, led by the writer and translator David Constantine, will be an introduction to Brecht's life and times and an exploration of a range of his poetry.



    Biography:

    David Constantine, born 1944 in Salford, Lancashire, was for thirty years a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published a dozen volumes of poetry (most recently – 2014 – Elder); two novels, Davies (1985) and The Life-Writer (2015); and five collections of short stories. He is an editor and translator of Hölderlin, Goethe, Kleist and Brecht. For his stories he won the BBC National and the Frank O’ Connor International Awards (2010, 2013).The film 45 Years was based on his story In Another Country. With Helen Constantine he edited Modern Poetry in Translation, 2003-12. Later this year Bloodaxe will publish his new and greatly enlarged Selected Poetry of Hölderlin and Norton his translations, with Tom Kuhn, of more than 1000 poems of Bertolt Brecht.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. An introduction to poetry: Auden, Larkin, Hughes, Plath and Heaney

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by W.H. Auden, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney in terms of their styles and themes.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  3. Alexander Pope: 'The proper study of mankind'

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how Pope dominated the early 18C with a series of ambitious and astonishingly varied masterpieces, ranging from savage satire, via romantic eloquence, to his greatest philosophical and spiritual undertaking – An Essay on Man.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. John Keats: 'The vale of soul making'

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Keats pursued – vigorously and brilliantly – questions related to ultimate truths. We shall consider a representative selection of his poetry and letters, reflecting on how their creative insights can help illuminate our own experience and aspirations.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. Ibsen's women

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on Hedda from Hedda Gabler, Nora from A Doll's House and Mrs. Alving from Ghosts, we will read, view and discuss extracts from Ibsen's plays.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. The fiction of Jeanette Winterson: storytelling, fantasy, humour

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inventively recasting myth and history, Winterson constructs powerful narratives of female creativity and sexuality. Discuss her literary development in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), The Passion (1987) and The Daylight Gate (2013).
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Poets of Medieval London: Chaucer, Gower and the urban poetic imagination

    Course Date: Sun 24 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did urban poets write about London in medieval England? From Southwark taverns to significant London landmarks and events, this course considers work by two friends, John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Understanding poetry

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019
    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

  9. Five modern poets

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the work of five giants of modern poetry – from Hardys’ moving reflections on love and loss, through Eliot’s revolutionary modernism, the poems of Larkin and Heaney to Carol Ann Duffy’s wry reflections on modern life.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1970s and 80s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. We will start with Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time and then Sheri S. Tepper’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Gate to Women’s Country.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. French fictions: found in translation

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will be looking at a selection of classic French novels in translation, covering a generous span of time from the 1870s to the 1980s. Titles will include Flaubert's Une Vie Simple, Maupassant's Bel-Ami, Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes, Sartre's La Nausee and Duras's L'Amant.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  12. Wordsworth: the Prelude -'The growth of a poet's mind'

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Prelude is Wordsworth’s ultimate testimony, offering a richly varied poetic autobiography. We shall discuss extracts from each of the poem’s 13 books to gain a sense of the complexity and coherence of Wordsworth’s achievement.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. An introduction to literature: fiction, poetry and drama

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore themes of deceit, guilt, personal and social responsibility and class, in Ian McEwan's 2001 novel, 'Atonement', and David Hare's 1995 play, 'Skylight'. We will also read a selection of short stories and poetry.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  14. Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' with Thomas Middleton's 'Women Beware Women'

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Measure for Measure is a comedy and Women Beware Women a tragedy, but they share a highly satirical and problematic approach to power and sexual relationships, which is characteristic of the Jacobean period to which they belong.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  15. Mrs. Dalloway's wanderings

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close reading of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece Mrs. Dalloway, we will explore how the early Modernists used the vibrancy and decay of the city to expand their vision. Please read the text beforehand to get the most enjoyment out of the course.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  16. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Course Date: Sun 5 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course, led by Nick Field, Build literature tutor and former Keats House Poet in Residence, will give you the chance to read, explore and discuss some of Keats' most significant poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Poems include "The Odes" and "The Eve of St.Agnes".
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  17. Drama in society: text to performance

    Course Date: Thu 9 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read, discuss and view two 20th century plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts with two plays dealing with truth and lies: Ibsen's The Wild Duck and Arthur Miller's All My Sons.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  18. Contemporary British playwriting and theatre

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on key works in modern British theatre, we explore developments since the boom in new writing in the 1990’s, the work of major playwrights in context and the significance of new contemporary theatre forms. Writers include Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens and Jez Butterworth.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  19. Our world made new: utopias and dystopias

    Course Date: Mon 13 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore how writers have imagined our world as a better and a worse place, with satires and warnings from More’s Utopia to Margaret Atwood. How have some changed the way we think?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  20. Moby Dick: an American epic

    Course Date: Tue 14 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Herman Melville’s epic, we will examine how narration and the arc of the story reveal a deep and troubled relationship between humans and their environment—a prophetic work about leadership, ambition and the desperate grasp of power.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

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