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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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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.

First Year Creative Writing students have work published in the Guardian

A number of first year Creative Writing students have had articles published in the Guardian. The articles were written as part of their mandatory module, Introduction to writing.

Holly Herbert

Charlotte Lock

Tara Curtis

Michael Wheatley

Kevin Brooke

Congratulations to them all.

Former Student’s Poetry Collection

One of our English Literature & History graduates, Alison Hill, has recently published a poetry collection entitled Sisters in Spitfires. Well done, Alison!

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Language Tutor’s Article

One of our English Language tutors, Jenny Lewin-Jones, has had an article added to a new bibliography produced by The Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland. The article, which Jenny co-authored with Worcester Sociology Lecturer Mike Webb, is entitled ‘Ideology in Disguise: Place Name Metonyms and the Discourse of Newspaper Headlines’ and originally appeared in the journal Sociological Research Online (2013). The bibliography was published in the Society’s journal Nomina and is available from:

Drs Arnold and Standlee at Ledbury Poetry Festival

Dr David Arnold and Dr Whitney Standlee gave lecturers at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015. Audio files of the lectures can be accessed here – see the recordings from 6 and 7 July.

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