Learn Live: Migration in Literature

Four-week online course, beginning -
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  • Full Price: £80.00 Other concessions available

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Course dates: Tuesdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 September

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This four-week online course explores how literature for children and young people depicts themes of migration, displacement, and refugeedom. Inspired by the British Library’s Paddington: The Story of a Bear exhibition, this course takes a critical, literary look at how contemporary children’s literature picks up on the themes of movement, belonging, and home prominent in Michael Bond’s original stories.

You will be introduced to a range of literary works for children – from picture books to Young Adult fiction – and critical tools for reading and analysing children’s literature. We will consider how migration is depicted as a theme in textual material, and how these works adapt their messages for younger readers. How do fictional works for younger readers construct ideas of displacement, migration, and refugeedom? Which formal, genre, and language strategies might be visible in these works? How can literature for or by young people can be a tool for thinking about themes of migration and displacement?

Each session will include interactive activities and discussion led by the tutor, Dr Amy Burge, who is a Lecturer in Popular Fiction at the University of Birmingham. We will use online breakout rooms to encourage small group discussion with other students and with the tutor.

This short course will take place on Zoom and the joining link will be emailed to you the day before.

A limited number of free places are available to people who are asylum-seekers or refugees and for whom the cost of the course is a barrier to attending. Please email adultlearning@bl.uk to book a free place. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Live subtitles will be provided by Stagetext.


Name: Learn Live: Migration in Literature
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £80.00
Student: £64.00
Registered Unemployed: £64.00
Senior (60+): £72.00
Young Person (18-25): £64.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546