Literature & Creative Writing

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Please note we have used "courses" to broadly cover courses, lectures, exhibitions and any other single "experience", and that we only profile a small selection of courses from each provider. In doing so we hope that this will help you to discover where to explore for other similar courses, without having to wade through thousands of courses to find what you really want.

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Entry – typically the shortest courses where no prior knowledge of the subject is needed.
Explore – may be short, may be longer, but we assume that typically you have an existing interest in the topic and would like to know more, and are prepared to commit more time and perhaps pay a bit more.
Expert – we reserve this for the courses that are the most intensive, specialist in nature and perhaps comparatively more costly.


We have divided courses according to whether you can do them at home/where you want, or whether you have to go to a specific place.
In Person – you need to go to where the course is delivered.
Online – you do the course where you want


Many of us don’t realise that there is a lot of free material online, so we give you the option to choose if you only want to look at free “content”.

Rose Tremain’s The Road Home

Recently recognised as one of the best books of the last three decades by fans of The Hay Festival, acclaimed author Rose Tremain’s The Road Home is a magnificent, thought-provoking tale of our times.

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David Reynolds: The Kremlin Letters

Catch international historian David Reynolds discussing The Kremlin Letters in York this October, delving into the notes, letters and messages which flew between the so-called ‘Big Three’ during the Second World War.

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Kate Mosse – The Burning Chambers

Fans of celebrated writer Kate Mosse will leap at the chance to meet this marvellous writer in picturesque Henley-on-Thames this autumn. Kate Mosse will be discussing her latest highly anticipated historical novel, The Burning Chambers.

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Reading your own short fiction aloud

A budding writer, eager to share your work with a friendly crowd by reading your own short fiction aloud? Challenge yourself to something a little different on the final Saturday in September, with Small Wonder’s Courtyard Readings.

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‘Sappho to Suffrage’: women who dared

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, The Bodleian Libraries’ ‘Sappho to Suffrage’ exhibition showcases more than eighty highlights from the Libraries’ extensive archival collection.

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Extended Tour – Explore the Bodleian Reading Rooms

A ninety minute, expertly guided tour of the historic reading rooms at the Bodleian Libraries that begins in the medieval library of Duke Humfrey’s, including Selen End. Further reading rooms to be visited include Radcliffe Camera, Convocation Court, Chancellor’s Court, Upper Reading Room and the 15th-century Divinity School.

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