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Happy birthday Roald Dahl

Happy birthday Roald Dahl New content
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 New content
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...

Living Shakespeare: Dame Evelyn Glennie on the UK and The Tempest.

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
The United Kingdom's Dame Evelyn Glennie talks us through her unique way of hearing and interpreting Shakespeare’s The Tempest. 

Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia

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Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Ophelia's situation in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' bears a lot of parallels with Indian women and their place in society. Bollywood actor, Kalki...

Living Shakespeare: Dr John Kani on South Africa and Othello

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Living Shakespeare: Dr John Kani on South Africa and Othello Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Shakespeare's 'Othello' still makes people uncomfortable because it tackles racism, so what was it like for John Kani who played the play's lead...

Jorge Luis Borges: A short reading list

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
"My father's library has been the chief event in my life...the truth is that I have never emerged from it" wrote Borges. Perhaps; but works by and...

Living Shakespeare

Living Shakespeare Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 17 Aug 2016
Why is Shakespeare so widely acclaimed across the globe? Our new series with the BBC takes us on a worldwide journey to discover people's personal...

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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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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
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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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
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...