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]

  1. American political institutions

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewnig its structure and constituent parts. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  2. Film of the book

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    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 James M. Cain's 1941 novel Mildred Pierce, filmed as noir/melodrama in 1945 (dr.Michael Curtiz) and two novels with screenplays by Harold Pinter: Penelope Mortimer’s 1962 novel The Pumpkin Eater (dr. Jack Clayton,1964) and Accident (1965) by Nicholas Mosley (dr. Joseph Losey,1967).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  3. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics: an introduction for complete beginners at the British Museum

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: The British Museum
    This short course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and Build, uses British Museum objects to provide a foundation in the use of hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Creation myths in the ancient near East

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore with us the idea of ‘myth’. We will look at creation myths in Ugarit, in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. The end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Arab nationalism

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: fascinating background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Milton: Paradise Lost – ‘Our inner freedom’

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    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 consider a representative selection of crucial passages to illuminate the practical contemporary significance of this cosmic work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in two days.

    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  9. 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

  10. Novella writing: a fortnightly course

    Novella writing: a fortnightly course

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short novel or a long short story? In this fortnightly course we'll define the novella form for ourselves through analysis of set texts, guided exercises, and workshop. We'll also commit to producing a complete first draft of novella length by the end of the session. Ideal for experienced fiction writers.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  11. 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

  12. The legacy of Neorealism: from Italy to Iran

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Samira Makhmalbaf received Truffaut/Fellini awards for Blackboards and The Apple, films made realistic by the simplicity of real-life dialogue, using non-professional actors as characters. She understood the humour of De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Jewish novels in the Hellenistic period

    Course Date: Tue 29 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the emergence of the novel as a literary genre during the Hellenistic period, which has given birth to the modern novel.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Philosophical life coaching

    Course Date: Sat 2 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Philosophical life coaching helps you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life by using insights and methods from the great thinkers. This introductory workshop will show you some of the most interesting ways it can be of help. No previous experience required.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. The Quakers: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 2 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Quakers listen for the inner voice within that speaks truth and love, without making use of priests, ancient rituals or creeds. Find out why people today are re-discovering Quakerism.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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