English, Media & Culture at Worcester


English, Media & Culture at Worcester

This is official blog of the English, Media & Culture Subject Areas at the University of Worcester. The blog covers our degrees in English Literature, English Language,  Creative & Professional Writing, and Media & Culture. The University’s webpages for the four degree pathways may be found by following the links below. The blog is designed to offer up-to-date news from English at Worcester, from both staff and students.

BA English Literature (Single & Joint Honours)

BA English Language (Joint Honours)

BA Creative & Professional Writing (Joint Honours)

BA Media & Culture (Single & Joint Honours)

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BA English Literature: Why Worcester?


Studying English Literature at the University of Worcester.

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Poetry Reading in the Hive


Creative Writing Reading Series hosted by the School of Humanities.

Join us on 7th November, 2019 for an evening of moving poetry around love, loss, discovery and homecomings from critically acclaimed writer on conflict and peace activist, Antony Owen, former Birmingham Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane, and author of three pamphlets, Claire Walker.
Antony Owen – Author of five poetry collections Antony’s latest collection The Nagasaki Elder was shortlisted for the coveted Ted Hughes Award. He is one of the leading writers of war and peace poetry active in 21st century poetry.
Roy McFarlane – Reading from his second poetry collection, The Healing Next Time, a timely and unparalleled book of interwoven sequences on institutional racism, deaths in custody and of a life story set against the ever-changing backdrop of Birmingham. Roy McFarlane is presently the Birmingham & Midland Institute’s Poet in Residence.
Claire Walker – Author of two pamphlets published by V. Press, The Girl Who Grew into a Crocodile (2015) and Somewhere between Rose and Black (2017), which was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the 2018 Saboteur Awards. Her latest pamphlet, Collision, is published by Against the Grain Press. She is Co-Editor of Atrium poetry webzine.

7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

In the Studio of the Hive Library, Worcester.

FREE entry, but please reserve a ticket through the Hive.

01905 822866.

Hive Website.

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Creative Writing Reading Series hosted by the School of Humanities.

Romance is not only a hugely popular genre of its own, but love stories are also a common plot element in other genres. However, just because there is often a love story doesn’t guarantee that it is written well. Do you want to avoid cliché and write believable love scenes? Perhaps you want to capture a share of the fastest growing market in fiction?

Join multi-published authors of romantic and emotion-led fiction, Alison May and Janet Gover, to discuss the shifts in trends and challenges in the romance publishing industry.

Monday 21st October, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

In the Studio of the Hive Library, Worcester.

FREE entry; please reserve a ticket through the Hive.

01905 822866.
 Hive website.


The Creative Writing department in the School of Humanities are delighted to welcome Raven Brookes from the global creative communications group  DRPG, as she delivers a four-part series on How to Become a Successful Copywriter.

Raven is an alumna of the University of Worcester, where she studied English Language and Literature, and was awarded a first class degree. Raven has since gone on to become a successful Content Manager and Creative Strategist for DRPG, a global company based in Hartlebury, Worcestershire. Raven is responsible for the concept and creation of campaigns for multinational corporations and will give an insider view of this career choice.Raven.png

These master class career sessions have been created to allow the students who are studying English, Media and Culture access to an industry expert who can illuminate this career path for them. There are forty places available and these are quickly being reserved by students who are thinking about how to use their writing skills in the marketplace after graduation.

DRPG is a global creative communications group that’s packed full of passionate problem solvers. One them is Jez Light, Head of Learning & Development Possibler. Jez talked about creating the opportunity for students to experience an editor/writer’s point of view on the current job market, DRPG is a proud partner with the University of Worcester across many areas of its educational offering. We love to inspire and engage with the future creatives as they learn and one way of doing this is via a series of bespoke sessions that are written by and delivered at the campus by Raven, one of our own editors. We know what it takes to create passion as a business and this is a way for us to share this skill with others.’


Lecturer in Creative Writing and co-coordinator of the project, Ruth Stacey, said, ‘I am very pleased that DRPG have generously donated Raven’s time so that she can deliver these four sessions. I think it is vitally important for our talented student writers, who are preparing to graduate next year, to be able hear from an expert who is currently doing the job of content creation and editing. Writing for digital media is a market that benefits from the creative, analytical and professional writers that we produce in the Humanities.’


You can follow the Creative Writing department on Twitter: @uowriting to hear about how the project progresses. To find out more about DRPG onTwitter: @drpgroup

Research Seminar: Resisting neoliberalism in contemporary black women’s fiction

Research Seminar: Resisting neoliberalism in contemporary black women’s fiction

School of Humanities Research Seminar Series 2019 Semester 2
Wednesday 27 February
Sessions will be held at The Hive, Meeting Room 2, between 6:00-7:30pm. Refreshments will be provided. All welcome. 

‘Resisting neoliberalism in contemporary black women’s fiction’ – Amber Lascelles (Leeds)

A new generation of writers of Nigerian origin has been established, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sefi Atta and Chibundu Onuzu are amongst those leading it. Alongside the increasing popularity of narratives centering black women (recent examples include Afrofuturist Marvel film Black Panther, 2018, and novel adaptations Andrea Levy’s The Long Song, 2018, and Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl Begins, 2017), this indicates a significant shift: people are paying closer attention to stories about black women’s resistance. Contemporary black female writers are producing some of the most subversive and experimental critiques of our ‘neoliberal’ political, environmental and social climate. ‘Neoliberalism’ denotes governments’ increasing support of the advancement of capitalism through the privatization of key services, free trade, and pushing development strategies that further indebt poorer countries. Neoliberalism, then, is an enemy to social justice, a system that black feminism therefore seeks to dismantle. Historically, fiction has played a key part in black feminist activism (Walker 1970; Christian 1985; Boyce-Davies 1994). Contemporary black women writers are continuing this tradition, harnessing the anti-capitalist stance that black feminism pioneered in radical new ways.
Amber’s paper focuses on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s and Trinidadian-Canadian author Dionne Brand’s fiction. She suggests these authors shape an emergent feminism that addresses black women’s issues on a local scale as part of a wider transnational and global response to the privations and patriarchal bias of neoliberal capitalism today. Her readings of two contemporary novels, Adichie’s Americanah (2013) and Brand’s In Another Place, Not Here (1994) locate each author’s black feminist politic. Ultimately, Adichie’s and Brand’s fiction exposes and critiques the systems that fail so many of us, prompting us to imagine justice.

Amber Lascelles is a third year doctoral student at the University of Leeds. She is based in the School of English researching black feminist resistance to capitalism in contemporary black women’s writing. She recently co-directed a research group at Leeds, Women’s Paths, creating an intersectional seminar series creating a dialogue between feminist activism and scholarship. She has forthcoming publications in the African and Black Diaspora: an International Journal and Wasafari.


Faculty of Humanities Research Seminar: Semester 2 Programme

We are delighted to announce the programme for Semester 2 of our Faculty of Humanities Research Seminar which opened this week with a pair of papers from Dr Neil Fleming and Professor Darren Oldfield on the role of children in naval recruitment and service in the First World War and killer kids in Agatha Christie respectively. Please see below for the full programme. The talks take place at the Hive on a Wednesday evening at 6pm and are open to the public – we would love to see you there!

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Happy New Year from English@Worcester

Wishing all of our readers a very happy 2019. We have a wealth of events and publications forthcoming in 2019 including Open Days, Applicant Days and a fascinating new programme for our Faculty of Arts Research Seminar series which will include a panel on Hate Crime, papers on ghost children, ‘killer kids’, and migrant women’s writing, original poetry from Ruth Stacey and much more. We look forward to sharing our research, teaching and outreach activities with you in the coming months!

Research Seminar Wednesday 5th December: ‘“What had become of me?”: Bird, Blackface, and the Borders of Belonging’

“What had become of me?”: Bird, Blackface, and the Borders of Belonging

Wednesday 5th December, 5:30pm at The Hive

This week’s paper in the School of Humanities Research Seminar series is brought to us by Dr Hannah Murray of Kings College London. Her paper discusses racial transformation in Robert Montgomery Bird’s Sheppard Lee (1836), in which a white man temporarily lives as a black slave. In creating a textual blackface, Murray argues Bird ridicules antebellum white civic values of autonomy and industry while exorcising fears of real African-American political and social mobility.

Refreshments are provided, all welcome.

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