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OpenLearn Live: 5th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 5th February 2016 Creative commons image Tony in Devon under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
A tribute from one poet to another, and a mouse who made a bad choice. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 4th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 4th February 2016 Creative commons image JschneiderWiki under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
The other Anne Hathaway; a new name for McGraw Hill and increasing levels of bottled water. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 3rd February 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 3rd February 2016 Creative commons image Tom Oates under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Feb 2016
The couple who inspired "what will survive of us is love"; then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 2nd February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 2nd February 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: Original image public domain / Restoration by Adam Cuerden New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
What do you do when fasting in a tiny hut isn't austere enough? Then more free learning across the day.

Tolstoy and the search for the meaning of life

Tolstoy and the search for the meaning of life Copyright free image Copyright free: Public Domain
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 22 Jan 2016
Works such as War and Peace indicate Tolstoy struggled with the meaning of life. This piece explores his pondering of life and death...

OpenLearn Live: 21st January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 21st January 2016 Creative commons image German Federal Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jan 2016
The writer who was hounded by the Nazis and the anti-Communists. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 19th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 19th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Van Vechten Collection at Library of Congress
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jan 2016
The poet who discovered a new world in Berlin. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 18th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 18th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: West German government
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2016
Telling tales of rural Germany from the heart of Berlin. Then more free learning through the day.

Bowie as a conduit

Bowie as a conduit Creative commons image Maureen Barlin under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
David Bowie's music and style opened doors to different music and stranger books. Professor Richard Brown writes about how Bowie...

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John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

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Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This free course, What is poetry?, is designed to illustrate the...

Women Writers: Voices in Transition

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In the last century which women writers have truly challenged the existing forms of literature? How did they make their voices heard using brand...

Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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Approaching poetry

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Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This free course, Approaching poetry, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need...

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