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.
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  1. World fiction: hidden treasures

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Freshly translated or newly discovered gems of international writing from the second half of the 20th century include Family Lexicon by Natala Ginzburg (Italy), Reunion by Fred Uhlman (Germany/GB), A Broken Mirror by Merce Rodoreda (Catalonia), Basic Black With Pearls by Helen Weinzweig (Poland/Canada) and The Birds by Tarjei Vesas (Norway).
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  2. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. Come and enjoy reading and discussing a range of poetry and prose including short stories and a short novel. Lots of lively discussion.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. Contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using Staying Alive, (Bloodaxe Books, Ed. Neil Astley) and a range of poems supplied by the tutor, we will read and discuss a variety of poetry written in the last 50 years, exploring a range of poetry in terms of theme, style and viewpoints. No class on 22 Feb.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. The complete Samuel Beckett

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comprehensive tour of Beckett’s astonishing output in all genres across seven decades and an assessment of his significance today, with close attention to key works including “Murphy”, “Molloy”, “Godot”, “Happy Days” and “Nohow On”.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  5. British literature: 1900-1950

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss novels, poems and short stories by significant authors including E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Bowen, discovering how they responded to and illuminated the social, political and psychological upheavals of this crucial period of British history.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. 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 Penelope Mortimer’s 1962 novel The Pumpkin Eater, filmed in 1964 (dr. Jack Clayton, screenplay by Harold Pinter) and James M. Cain's 1941 novel Mildred Pierce, filmed as noir/melodrama in 1945 (Michael Curtiz,dr.).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  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. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. It's a man's world: three Italian female voices - Fallaci, Ginzburg and Ferrante

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    "I desperately wanted to write like a man. I was horrified at the thought that one would be able to tell that I was a woman by the way I wrote.” (Ginzburg’s interview to Fallaci, July 1963). Discover and discuss feminism and other themes used by three great Italian female writers.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. 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

  15. 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

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