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Stonehenge before the First World War

Stonehenge before the First World War Creative commons image Xiana VB under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
In this extract from Afoot In England, the naturalist and author William Henry Hudson despairs of a site already being turned into a tourist...

How I wrote Frankenstein

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
In this extract from the preface to the third edition of Frankenstein, published in 1831, Mary Shelley explains how she came to write her most...

Download free eBook guides to famous literary works

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Updated 16 Jun 2016
Exclusive to OpenLearn, OU experts have created guides to introduce some key works of fiction for you to download and read on your prefered device....

OpenLearn Live: 16th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
A dark, blue moon; Frankenstein's 200th birthday and fast food boxes that deliver virtual reality. Free learning from across the day.

Why do so many children’s stories feature magical creatures?

Why do so many children’s stories feature magical creatures?
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
Dr Dena Attar explores why children's stories are often filled with magical creatures.

The Secret Life of Children's Books

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
This two part OU/BBC co-production looks at the secret lives of 'The Five Children and It' by E. Nesbitt and 'The Water Babies' by...

The mother of the American Athens

The mother of the American Athens Creative commons image Jules & Jenny under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
An excusrion to Lincolnshire, to see the original Boston.

A day at Doncaster - and an hour out of Durham

A day at Doncaster - and an hour out of Durham Creative commons image Mathew F under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
The lure of the races proves overwhelming - as does the splendour of Durham.

Two Yorkish episodes

Two Yorkish episodes Creative commons image Paul Allison under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
A visit to the site of a Civil War battle - and a hanging tale of a murder.

Nine days' wonder in York

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
William has much admiration for the Minster - but the joy of York is to be harshly curtailed...

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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...