This course will take place in person.
Family History raises many questions about who we are and where we have come from. In this short course, you'll look at: how to turn research into narrative; how to write about yourself and others; how to bring events to life; and how to find meaning in the material you have gathered.
Explore our Local History and Family Collection to learn more.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who has done some research on their family history and is now thinking about how to express what they have in written form.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
You will need a notebook/paper and pen/pencil, or digital equivalent.
How we’re keeping you safe
Because we would like to keep the staff and each other safe, we expect and recommend face coverings to be worn the public areas that can become crowded. These are the corridors, toilet areas and the queues at the bar. There will also be an event-specific QR code that guests will be asked to scan on arrival.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
In addition to these measures, Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are also numerous hand-sanitising stations available and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt how to:
- Bring narrative direction to research
- Find shape and structure in the material you have
- Bring to life people, places, and events.
Meet the Tutor
Nick Barlay is the author of four widely acclaimed novels, including Hooky Gear, which was mentioned among Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003.
He was born in London to Hungarian Jewish refugee parents, and his first non-fiction book, Scattered Ghosts, explores the story of his family over two centuries. It was longlisted for the Wingate Prize 2015.
He has also written short stories, award-winning radio plays and wide-ranging journalism, including a long-running series about London for the Times.
He regularly teaches fiction and life writing, as well as Guardian Masterclasses on writing a family history.
Need to Know
- 10:00 - 15:00
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Nick Barlay
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