literature & poetry

Writing the City with Courttia Newland

The urban metropolis is a constant source of wonder, delight and conflict. In a six-session course, learn to map its ever-shifting terrain with author Courttia Newland.

Engage with the city of your choice through practical exercises and workshopping to stimulate and inspire your writing.

The course includes close readings of key texts from a range of world-renowned writers, including Colson Whitehead, Vandana Singh and Rupert Thompson.

Courttia Newland has written seven works of fiction, and writes for the stage and screen. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including Best of British Short Stories 2017, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013. Award nominations include the Impac Dublin Literary Award, the Frank O'Connor Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

He is an associate lecturer at the University of Westminster.

Dates & times

2 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall
Sunley Pavilion, Level 3


£90 for six-week course
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 18+

Event information
This course takes place from 7pm – 9pm on the following dates:
Wed 2 Oct: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 16 Oct: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 30 Oct: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 13 Nov: Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 27 Nov: Foyle Pavilion, Level 3, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 11 Dec: White Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

All six sessions are included in this ticket. We strongly recommend that participants make sure they are available for all six sessions of the course, but at a minimum attend four.

By purchasing a ticket you agree to be contacted by Southbank Centre on email in relation to this course.

Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

A limited number of free bursary places are available for people who would otherwise not be able to access this course due to financial circumstances. For more information and to apply please with the name of the course in the subject. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11 September 2019.