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English at Worcester Blog

This is the blog for the three degree pathways offered in the English Subject Area at the University of Worcester: English Literature (Single and Joint Honours), English Language (Joint Honours), and Creative and Professional Writing (Joint Honours).

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Dr Cinpoes’ book on Kyd

Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes has recently published an essay collection entitled Doing Kyd (Manchester University Press).  The volume reads Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, the box-office and print success of its time, as the play that established the revenge genre in England and served as a ‘pattern and precedent’ for the golden generation of early modern playwrights, from Marlowe and Shakespeare to Middleton, Webster and Ford.

The publisher’s webpage for the book may be accessed here:


Worcester trio publishes articles on Shakespeare

Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes has just had an article entitled ‘” By Looking Liking”: Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet’ published in the journal, Messages, Sages and, Ages. Nicoleta is joined by two Worcester English graduates who have also had their work published in the journal: Helen Hopkins, ‘Maternity and Absence in Shakespearean Romance’, and Luke Oakes, ‘Adapting Shakespeare – Converting Shylock in Michael Radford’s The Merchant of Venice‘. The articles can be accessed freely here:


UW shortlisted for Uni of the Year award!

Staff in the Division of English were pleased find out that the University of Worcester is one of six universities shortlisted for the Times Higher Education “University of the Year” award. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced on 24 November 2016.

A Warm Welcome to Dr Jeffries!

Ella Jeffries

Dr Ella Jeffries has recently joined the English Language team for the academic year 2016/17. Ella’s main research interest is sociolinguistics. She recently finished her PhD at the University of York, which investigated children’s perception of regional accent variation. This research incorporated approaches from different fields of linguistic research including language variation and change, sociophonetics, language acquisition and speech perception. Her ambitions for further work include researching both explicit and implicit social attitudes that children develop towards accent categories.




Clearing 2016 – Speak to us!

Interested in securing a place on a course in English at Worcester? The University has its hotlines open (01905 855111) from today, and there are Clearing Visit Days that you can attend (Drs Cinpoes, Connell, & Mueller will be staffing these on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).

Dr Selleck’s conference paper

Dr Charlotte Selleck presented a paper that addressed language ideologies at an English-medium school in Wales at the New Speakers Network, 2nd Annual Whole Action Conference held at the University of Hamburg in May 2016. In particular, she discussed how students understand and orientate to language commodification and social mobility both inside and outside of Wales. The presentation and abstract are available here.


New publication: “Humour with a purpose: creativity with language in Facebook status updates”.

English Language lecturer Jenny Lewin-Jones has published her latest research on language and social media in the international journal Linguistik Online. She examines how people use creative and playful language to construct a personal story and represent their identity on Facebook. You can read the article on this link:

Creative Writing lecturer Julie Maclusky has latest book published

Creative Writing lecturer, Julie Maclusky, has had her latest book published by the National Trust, on Greyfriars’ House and Garden -

English Language lecturer Jenny Lewin-Jones has had an article published in The Teacher Trainer Journal.

English Language lecturer Jenny Lewin-Jones has just had an article published in The Teacher Trainer Journal:’Box of reflections: an idea to stimulate questions and responses on an intensive teacher training course’ (Spring 2016 edition, Vol 30 No.1). The article can be found here. The article is based on a practical teaching idea used last summer on the University of Worcester’s CELTA training course, for students wishing to become teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
For details of the next CELTA courses, please see our website.

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