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  • Are we taking the fun out of reading? Creative commons image Icon Peter Mercator under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Are we taking the fun out of reading?

    By Dr Ingrid Piller

    Enforcing reading on small children - and treating books as unclean - risks putting kids off literacy before they've...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • Are we taking the fun out of reading?

    Are we taking the fun out of reading? Creative commons image Icon Peter Mercator under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Enforcing reading on small children - and treating books as unclean - risks putting kids off literacy before they've even started, worries Ingrid Piller.
  • The People on the Notes: Jane Austen

    By Professor Nicola Watson

    2017 marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death and to commemorate this she will be featured on the new £10 note....

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Aug 2017

  • The People on the Notes: Jane Austen

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Aug 2017
    2017 marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death and to commemorate this she will be featured on the new £10 note. 
  • Is science fiction a field in its own right? Creative commons image Icon Evan Moss under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Is science fiction a field in its own right?

    By Kanta Dihal

    Fiction is a topic for study. Science, clearly, is an area where a lot of thought is directed. So why is it science...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    21 Aug 2017

  • Is science fiction a field in its own right?

    Is science fiction a field in its own right? Creative commons image Icon Evan Moss under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2017
    Fiction is a topic for study. Science, clearly, is an area where a lot of thought is directed. So why is it science fiction is often shunned as unworthy as a...
  • A reader's guide to Midnight's Children Creative commons image Icon Fronteiras do Pensamento under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    A reader's guide to Midnight's Children

    By Dr Stephanie Forward

    As BBC Radio 4 launches an ambitious dramatisation of the work, discover Salman Rushdie's 1981 Booker Prize-winning...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Aug 2017

  • A reader's guide to Midnight's Children

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    A reader's guide to Midnight's Children Creative commons image Icon Fronteiras do Pensamento under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Aug 2017
    As BBC Radio 4 launches an ambitious dramatisation of the work, discover Salman Rushdie's 1981 Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight's Children.
  • Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Creative commons image Icon the Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

    By Dr Emma Bridges

    Interested in Greek myths? We've condensed the epic narrative of Homer's poems the Iliad and the...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Aug 2017

  • Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

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    Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Creative commons image Icon the Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Aug 2017
    Interested in Greek myths? We've condensed the epic narrative of Homer's poems the Iliad and the Odyssey into short animations ...
  • Living Shakespeare Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Living Shakespeare

    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Aug 2017

  • Living Shakespeare

    Living Shakespeare Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 08 Aug 2017
    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...
  • How did music influence Virgina Woolf? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: George Charles Beresford

    How did music influence Virgina Woolf?

    By Emma Sutton

    Virginia Woolf once wrote that music was "nearest to truth", and it was inarguably a major influence on her work....

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jul 2017

  • How did music influence Virgina Woolf?

    How did music influence Virgina Woolf? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: George Charles Beresford
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Virginia Woolf once wrote that music was "nearest to truth", and it was inarguably a major influence on her work. Emma Sutton uses Woolf's story A Simple...
  • The String Quartet Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Blair Pittman / Environmental Protection Agency

    The String Quartet

    By Virginia Woolf

    Meeting again after seven years... This short story by Virginia Woolf was originally published in 1921 as part of the...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jul 2017

  • The String Quartet

    The String Quartet Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Blair Pittman / Environmental Protection Agency
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Meeting again after seven years... This short story by Virginia Woolf was originally published in 1921 as part of the Monday or Tuesday collection.
  • The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling Creative commons image Icon By Morgan Johnston (originally posted to Flickr as Balmoral Hotel) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling

    By Professor Nicola Watson

    In January 2007, J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in a room at the Balmoral Hotel...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    06 Jul 2017

  • The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling

    The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling Creative commons image Icon By Morgan Johnston (originally posted to Flickr as Balmoral Hotel) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jul 2017
    In January 2007, J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in a room at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. What drives literary...
  • Introducing the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical Creative commons image Icon Wellcome Library, London under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Introducing the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical

    By Sir Isaac Newton

    Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical was published 330 years ago today. To mark the...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Jul 2017

  • Introducing the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical

    Introducing the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical Creative commons image Icon Wellcome Library, London under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jul 2017
    Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical was published 330 years ago today. To mark the anniversary, here's Newton's original...

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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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    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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    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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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
    This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2...