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Crime fiction: past, present and future – a discussion between Bill Alder and Simon Brett OBE video icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Crime fiction: past, present and future – a discussion between Bill Alder and Simon Brett OBE

Crime fiction is the most popular literary genre in Europe today. Watch a discussion between The Open University’s Bill Alder and distinguished crime fiction author Simon Brett OBE on the past, present and future of crime fiction.

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30 mins
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Crime fiction

Explore the world of crime fiction with The Open University, a world leader in distance learning. Discover free courses, articles, video and audio resources, and interactive activities, free to study and available to start right away.

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5 mins
Heroes and villains: the presentation of the outlaw in early twentieth-century American folk music article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Heroes and villains: the presentation of the outlaw in early twentieth-century American folk music

This article will consider how the figure of the outlaw is presented in early twentieth-century American folk music. What is constant, and what changes? What lies behind these strands of imitation and innovation?

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5 mins
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History & The Arts

World Poetry Day

21st 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.

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5 mins
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History & The Arts

Behind The Reputation

In this interactive, you’ll uncover the real people behind the icons. Does the reality of the life of Van Gogh, Queen Elizabeth I and Charles Dickens match up with their reputation?

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15 mins
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History & The Arts

National Novel Writing Month

You know how they say everyone's got a novel in them, just waiting to be written? Well, now's your chance!

Article
5 mins
An introduction to European crime fiction since 1945 article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

An introduction to European crime fiction since 1945

The popularity of crime fiction is on the rise. Bill Alder looks back and charts the history of this genre in post-1945 Europe.

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5 mins
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History & The Arts

How I wrote Frankenstein

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 famous novel.

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5 mins
Travelling for culture: the Grand Tour free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Travelling for culture: the Grand Tour

In the eighteenth century and into the early part of the nineteenth, considerable numbers of aristocratic men (and occasionally women) travelled across Europe in pursuit of education, social advancement and entertainment, on what was known as the Grand Tour. A central objective was to gain exposure to the cultures of classical antiquity, ...

Free course
8 hrs
Eco-art, Sustainable Art, art as activism article icon

History & The Arts

Eco-art, Sustainable Art, art as activism

From synthetic polymers to recycling and up-cycling.

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10 mins
What's creative about creative writing? audio icon

History & The Arts

What's creative about creative writing?

Can creativity be taught? How far can you be creative when translating other people's work? Listen to translators, authors and creative writing teachers as they explore these and other questions of creativity.

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30 mins
A freelance career in the creative arts free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

History & The Arts

A freelance career in the creative arts

A freelance career in the creative arts is a free badged course which lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week, there’s nothing to stop you pushing on and completing another week’s study. This course has a specific focus on the ...

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24 hrs