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OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016

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Updated 06 Dec 2016
Remembering a published who shaped the lives of authors and readers alike; how Marie Tharp helped us understand the planet and the price of planes....

OpenLearn Live: 2nd December 2016

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Updated 02 Dec 2016
Ice falling from planes isn't an urban myth - it can be more dangerous than that. Plus how Victorians saw Shakespeare. Learning and research from...

Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
After Leonard Cohen's death, Richard Danson Brown explores the way the songwriter specialised in conveying difficulties in father-son relationships...

Bob Dylan as Nobel Laureate: Two reactions

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Oct 2016
In South Asia, delight. In Japan, dismay. Two writers explore how Asia reacted to Bob Dylan's Nobel prize.

Happy birthday Roald Dahl

Happy birthday Roald Dahl
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
September 13th 2016 marks what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. Find out more about one of the most whoopsy wiffling...

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
Roald Dahl: the incredible storyteller loved by millions or a belittling bully? Find out what his character was like in this article.

Disraeli on Munich

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Updated 07 Sep 2016
Writing in 1840, Benjamin Disraeli shared his passion for the Bavarian capital.

Living Shakespeare: Alissar Caracalla on Lebanon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Choreographer Alissar Caracalla reimagines A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the mountains of Lebanon.

Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Shakespeare's sonnets were once banned in China and are now popular with the gay community. Hong Ying, author of ‘Daughter of the River’ looks...

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Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help...

The poetry of Sorley MacLean

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley...

Approaching poetry

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...

Approaching prose fiction

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Do you want to get more out of your reading? This free course, Approaching prose fiction, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for...

Approaching plays

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in...

What is poetry?

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
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...

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written? This free course, Christopher...

Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations

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This free course, Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations, considers some of the different ways of reading Great Expectations, based on...

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

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This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2 of John Webster's Renaissance tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. It...

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as...