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  • World Poetry Day Creative commons image Icon Steve Johnson under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    World Poetry Day

    By The OpenLearn team

    21 March is World Poetry Day. Take a look at a range of powerful poems in our poetry prescription tool, view our...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Mar 2017

  • World Poetry Day

    World Poetry Day Creative commons image Icon Steve Johnson under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Mar 2017
    21 March is World Poetry Day. Take a look at a range of powerful poems in our poetry prescription tool, view our videos and try a range of free courses.
  • Heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions Creative commons image Icon Loren Javier under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license

    Heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions

    By Dr Paula James

    As the series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' turns 20 we look back at how, though she may have been a modern...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Mar 2017

  • Heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions

    Heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions Creative commons image Icon Loren Javier under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Mar 2017
    As the series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' turns 20 we look back at how, though she may have been a modern California girl, Buffy's relationships...
  • What makes near-future Sci-Fi especially scary? Creative commons image Icon Mark Hill under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    What makes near-future Sci-Fi especially scary?

    By Amy C Chambers

    Science fiction set in the near-now can unsettle more than tales from the year 2525. Why is that?

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Mar 2017

  • What makes near-future Sci-Fi especially scary?

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    What makes near-future Sci-Fi especially scary? Creative commons image Icon Mark Hill under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2017
    Science fiction set in the near-now can unsettle more than tales from the year 2525. Why is that?
  • At home with ghosts and werewolves Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    At home with ghosts and werewolves

    By Toby Litt

    Toby Litt explains his approach to chronicling his non-realistic worlds.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Mar 2017

  • At home with ghosts and werewolves

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    At home with ghosts and werewolves Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2017
    Toby Litt explains his approach to chronicling his non-realistic worlds.
  • What is the relationship between history and historical fiction? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Mar 2017

  • What is the relationship between history and historical fiction?

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    What is the relationship between history and historical fiction? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2017
    Two authors who tell stories about the past come together to compare notes.
  • World Book Day Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Haywiremedia | Dreamstime.com - Kids Reading Books in Fantasy Library

    World Book Day

    Calling all bookworms and budding writers! Celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 2nd March 2017) with our FREE...

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    28 Feb 2017

  • World Book Day

    World Book Day Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Haywiremedia | Dreamstime.com - Kids Reading Books in Fantasy Library
    Updated 28 Feb 2017
    Calling all bookworms and budding writers! Celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 2nd March 2017) with our FREE resources and eBooks on OpenLearn.
  • Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list Creative commons image Icon StagiaireMGIMO under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

    By The OpenLearn team

    This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jan 2017

  • Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

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    Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list Creative commons image Icon StagiaireMGIMO under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jan 2017
    This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the archives.
  • How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto Creative commons image Icon Daniele Prati under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Why has Tolkien's fantasy language had a greater impact than those who attempted to engineer a universal language?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Jan 2017

  • How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto

    How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto Creative commons image Icon Daniele Prati under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2017
    Why has Tolkien's fantasy language had a greater impact than those who attempted to engineer a universal language?
  • Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism? Creative commons image Icon Saschaporsche under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism?

    By Christopher Pittard

    Is the 21st Century version of the great detective designed to make thinking less threatening? Christopher Pittard...

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    13 Jan 2017

  • Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism?

    Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism? Creative commons image Icon Saschaporsche under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Updated 13 Jan 2017
    Is the 21st Century version of the great detective designed to make thinking less threatening? Christopher Pittard thinks so.
  • To Walk Invisible Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    To Walk Invisible

    To Walk Invisible, a drama co-produced by The Open University and written by Sally Wainwright, tells the story of the Brontë sisters' rise to...

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    2 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Dec 2016

  • To Walk Invisible

    To Walk Invisible Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 19 Dec 2016
    To Walk Invisible, a drama co-produced by The Open University and written by Sally Wainwright, tells the story of the Brontë sisters' rise to literary fame...

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  • Exploring Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts

    This free course introduces Virginia Woolf’s last novel, Between the Acts (1941), with the aim of understanding how she writes about time, memory,...

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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2017

  • Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

    Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    08 Feb 2016

  • Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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    Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’ Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
    Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue....
  • The poetry of Sorley MacLean

    Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • The poetry of Sorley MacLean

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    The poetry of Sorley MacLean Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the...
  • Approaching poetry

    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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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • 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 prose fiction

    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...

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Approaching prose fiction

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    Approaching prose fiction Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Do you want to get more out of your reading? This free course, Approaching prose...
  • Approaching plays

    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...

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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Approaching plays

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    Approaching plays Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is...
  • What is poetry?

    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...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jan 2016

  • What is poetry?

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    What is poetry? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
    Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start?...
  • Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

    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...

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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    18 Jan 2016

  • 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...
  • Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations

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

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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2016

  • 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...
  • John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

    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...

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    06 Jan 2016

  • John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

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    John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
    This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2...