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Our languages and culture courses span the length and breadth of England and Scotland, with the option to study online or in person at a time that suits you. Whether you’re looking to learn a new language and immerse yourself in another country, or you simply wish to indulge in your love and fascination of film, we have the course for you. 

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Our creative writing courses will nourish your inner writer, providing you with a platform to develop your love of poetry, non-fiction or script development. If literature courses are more your kind of thing, then you’re in luck too, as there are a wide range of topics to choose from.  

Literary greats and great periods in history

Our language courses offer you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely new culture, developing your skills so that you can speak confidently in countries right across the world. German, Italian and Greek are just a few examples of the language courses we have to offer, with many others taking place throughout the year.  

As you’d expect, literary greats such as Agatha Christie and Shakespeare feature regularly. There’s also the option to examine other time periods in English literature too, helping you develop your critical reading and analysis skills - perfect whether you’re a beginner or more experienced in the subject.  

If you prefer history then you’ve got a choice too, from courses on subjects you’d expect such as the first world war, or art history and studying the works of iconic painters such as Salvador Dali. 

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Whatever course you choose, you'll learn in a supportive environment where the class sizes are small, ensuring you get the attention you deserve, with an experienced and qualified tutor on-hand to guide you through your learning too.  

A lot of our cultural learning is delivered by our branch network: learn more here.

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Literature: The Pioneering Prose and Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

This course examines a selection of Edgar Allan Poe's writing, from short fiction to poetry, and traces the impact of his writing on a variety of genres including detective fiction, horror, narrative poetry and lyrical ballads. Texts to be studied include The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit and the Pendulum , Annabel Lee and The Raven. Everyone is invited to join this fascinating course.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 12/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
URC (Danbury)
Little Baddow Road
Danbury
CM3 4NS
Tutor:
Abbie Saunders
Course code:
Q00012950
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £28.50

Creative Writing: Writing Successful Historical Fiction

Are you a friend of Cromwell, whether it be Thomas or Oliver? Are you an admirer of Artemisia or Queen Amina of Zaria? Then this half-day course is for you. Aspiring writers of historical fiction writing about any historical era, are invited to look at their practice and the practice of others, to hone practice and meet with success. We aim to fine-tune our writing craft by using a variety of writing workshop techniques. As well as undertaking fun exercises and responding to stimulating prompts, we will add to our repertoire of writing devices by reading and evaluating short extracts from great historical fiction writers such as Mantel, Graves, and Echo.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 28/02/2024
Times:
9:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Vanwy Arif
Course code:
Q00011916
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £14.80

Beginners French

Do you want to learn French? C’est parti! Let’s go! Study this French language beginner’s course to learn the essentials to get by in France. This French course will immerse you into this vibrant culture while you daydream about your next trip. This is an introductory-level French language course. You’ll learn basic grammar and vocabulary to be able to start communicating right away. It’s ideal if you want to dip your toe into the language. Learn to use the present simple tense and formulate basic questions. Explore foundational vocabulary to introduce yourself and talk about your life. Gain basic speaking skills so that you can take part in oral activities from day one. Understand spoken French by practising listening skills. Read short texts from newspapers and magazines to build up vocabulary.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 20/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Bullion Hall (Chester le Street)
South Approach
Bullion Lane
Chester le Street
DH2 2DW
Tutor:
Nadia Belmajdoub
Course code:
Q00013556
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Film & Media: 125 Years of British Film

The course aims to introduce learners to the long history of British film, its unique institutions, and how its story crosses over with both that of Hollywood and of the European film industries closer to home. We’ll take a deep dive into each major historical period of the industry in the context of its times and wider social change, from the earliest cinematic experiments to the present day. With a wealth of clips and background material.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 29/02/2024 -
Thu 28/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House (King's Lynn)
38 Bridge Street
King's Lynn
PE30 5AB
Tutor:
Christopher Budd
Course code:
Q00012761
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

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Literature: Dickens and the struggles of life

For Charles Dickens, writing and worrying went hand in hand. His books were knitted together out of his own anxieties and struggles. And yet, despite the weight of all these worries, his novels are never depressing. To read Dickens is to glimpse the possibilities of new life. We all probably intend to read Dickens ‘one day.’ We all know his characters from various films and TV adaptations, so perhaps the time has finally come to get stuck into a major work. On this eight-week course we will read ‘Little Dorrit.’ We will also study some of Dickens's essays, short stories, and letters. You may already be a Dickens enthusiast, or a complete newcomer to his work. Either way, I hope that you will join us to explore a writer whose books still have the power to move and enlighten us today.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 29/02/2024 -
Thu 02/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Krowji (Redruth)
West Park
Redruth
TR15 3AJ
Tutor:
Mark Crees
Course code:
Q00013086
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

History: British Architecture in India

This lecture will look at the variety of architectural styles adopted by the British for public and private buildings during the period of the Empire in India.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 02/03/2024 -
Sat 02/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St John's United Reform Church Orpington
Lynwood Grove
Orpington
BR6 0BG
Tutor:
Prasannajit De Silva
Course code:
Q00012135
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

History: Klimt & Vienna's Golden Age

This course offers an insight into Gustav Klimt and how his paintings of women, landscapes and portraits, created controversy behind the scenes. Set in a relaxed environment, this course is a great way to learn something new, socialise with others and gain confidence in a group setting.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 02/03/2024 -
Sat 02/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Minster (Grimsby)
St James Square
Grimsby
DN31 1EP
Tutor:
Tim Stimson
Course code:
Q00009393
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.00

Literature: Late Winter and the return of light

The course will explore two novels which, although very different in approach, are examples of the different ways in which writers seek to represent a contemporary of historical moment. The authors of both these texts have chosen to write about an era some decades before their own and we shall look at the time and pace in which each was produced and its relationship to the world represented. In each case we shall examine the techniques used by the authors in their creation of character, place and contemporary beliefs and behaviours.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/03/2024 -
Mon 04/03/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Newcastle Quaker Meeting House (Newcastl
West Avenue
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 4ES
Tutor:
Clare Jackson
Course code:
Q00014324
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Literature: Reading and Enjoying Great Writers

Calling all readers who have always wanted to read classic literary fiction, but don’t have time. We will probe, praise, parody, and generally know a lot more about great books. The course will remove the fear factor for participants who may have been hesitant to attack thick volumes of great literature. The sessions will enable students to decide what they like, and what writers they are less in tune with. Sessions that will be fun, intriguing, and informative. We will explore fascinating questions, such as: • What is Realism? • What is Magical Realism? • Why did Mantel win two Booker prizes? This course welcomes all those who are curious and enjoy reading.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 13/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
2 sessions
Tutor:
Vanwy Arif
Course code:
Q00011917
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £14.80

Literature: Fierce Tears - A Day With Dylan Thomas

On this course you will become acquainted with the life and work of a writer considered to be one of the nation’s literary giants. We will touch upon some of his best works while looking into his personal life and the context surrounding his infamous literature. Located in a safe and friendly environment, this class is a great way to learn something new and socialise with others.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 08/03/2024 -
Fri 08/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Lawrence Parish Rooms (Winchester)
Colebrook Street
Winchester
SO23 9LH
Tutor:
Victoria Ramsay
Course code:
Q00009651
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £35.00