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Melissa: Novel by Jonathan Taylor Now Published

Very happy to announce that my second novel, Melissa, has now been published by Salt Publishing. The novel is inspired by true events. Immediately following the tragic death of a young girl on a small street in Stoke-on-Trent, all her neighbours experience the same musical hallucination. This is the story of that strange hallucination, and […]

Two upcoming festivals

Two upcoming festivals

Over the next couple of weeks, I (Jonathan Taylor) am taking part in two Literary Festivals, both of which are open to the public. On Saturday 20 June, 12-1pm, I’ll be chairing a session at the Tablet Literary Festival in Birmingham. The panel, which is entitled “The Spirit and the Story,” will include well-known and award-winning novelist, […]

Oh, Mr Sloane!

Oh, Mr Sloane!

After studying Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane, and attending a workshop in the Joe Orton archive, held in the University’s David Wilson Library, third year English student Emma Ingleton was inspired to stage the play. Leicester University Theatre’s production of Entertaining Mr Sloane marks the play’s 50th anniversary. Speaking to Rupal Rajani on BBC Radio […]

Refugees tell their stories

Refugees tell their stories

Undergraduate students from the School of English are helping twelve refugees from across the world express their personal tales of struggle and hardship by helping them publish a book of their creative writing. The refugees have been regularly visiting our Centre for New Writing, where student volunteers will help to copy-edit the writing, as well […]

Breaking the ice

Welcome to the School of English blog! My hope is that this becomes a way of communicating with each other, with our students, with the wider university and with the outside world about the whole range of activities that we are engaged in – research, teaching and the less glamorous stuff as well. With students […]

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