Head of the School of English and Professor of English Language.
[Posted on behalf of Corinne Fowler] Wise souls talk to young souls about shoe soles. The Centre for New Writing’s Sole2Soul project is based in the School of English and directed by Corinne Fowler. The project is funded by Arts Council England and commissioned by Leicestershire County Council. Sole2Soul has created new digital resources for […]
Literary Leicester 14 November, 2014 1.30, Special Collections Reading Room, David Wilson Library Unveiling Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane: A Commemorative Pot To mark the 50th anniversary of Leicester-born writer Joe Orton’s first stage play, his sister Leonie Orton Barnett will unveil a pot specially commissioned for the David Wilson Library from local ceramicist Rachel […]
[posted on behalf of Professor Gordon Campbell] As a profession, we are uneasy about sacred texts. English Renaissance Literature courses ignore the King James Bible, and Restoration Literature courses ignore the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Academics with an interest in such texts therefore conduct research independently of their teaching, and that seems a shame, […]
By Eshara Wijetunge During my final year as an undergraduate studying History of Art and English, I was involved in the New Voices Wagon Project (NVWP), a Leicester-based project that aims to promote reading and writing amongst migrant communities – especially refugees. This fantastic work experience was offered through our School of English in […]
Local writers and international scholars attended an event on Dalit Literature hosted by the Centre for New Writing and co-organised with Paul-Valery Montpellier and Nottingham Trent Universities. Historically, Dalits (formerly labelled as ‘untouchables’) have been considered to exist outside caste. They have traditionally been assigned to menial tasks such as cleaning toilets and sweeping streets. The scholar and […]
Many new PhD projects will begin in the School next year, and the following students have been successful in obtaining full or partial funding. Well done to them all! Geraldine Bell (School fee-waiver) ‘Can these bones live?’ (Ezekiel 37:3): A literary examination of the dead body. Crystal Biggin (Midlands 3 Cities studentship) Reading and Reviewing […]
The BBC’s chief Arts Editor Will Gompertz visited the University on 25 June to make a radio feature on the Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton. For his report on the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s first play Entertaining Mr Sloane, Will Gompertz came to see the exhibition ‘Joe Orton in 1964’ in the David Wilson Library. […]
The School of English’s Dr Ben Parsons was named Superstar Tutor of 2014 for the College of Arts, Humanities and Law. The award, based on nominations from students, was announced at a gala dinner on the 18th of June. Congratulations Ben!
On Wednesday 25th June, the Centre for New Writing will host an international symposium called ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature. Innovative and revolutionary literature by a body of writers formerly known as ‘Untouchables’ will be explored by writers and academics at the University. The event is hosted in partnership with the Centre for Postcolonial Studies […]
On June 12th and 13th, the Centre for New Writing ran a two day residential course called ‘Teaching Creative Writing at Post-16 Level: For Teachers Who Write (Or Want to Write)’. Many attendees will teach the new A-level in Creative writing at their schools and colleges from September. One of these pioneers was pleased but shocked […]