Congratulations to the entire Creative and Professional Writing cohort for delivering a draft of the new Sabrina magazine for each year group. The three year groups worked hard during Worcester Week 1, to edit and produce a literary magazine that showcases some of their best writing. Copies will be distributed to prospective students at Open Days, extracts will be published on the University Web pages, and, finally, some copies are being sent to literary scouts and agents.
We have recently published two new videos that feature English Literature students:
Dr Charlotte Selleck delivered an invited lecture at Bangor University last week. Her data-led talk addressed how young people at a Welsh-medium secondary school negotiate and contest the Welsh-only practice at their school and the ideologies associated with it.
One of the English Subject Area’s doctoral researchers, Anna Stenning, graduated yesterday. Dr Stenning produced a thesis entitled “‘What to make of a diminished thing’: nature and home in the poetry of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost, 1912-1917.” She was supervised by Drs John Parham and David Arnold as well as Prof Roger Ebbatson. Congratulations, Anna!
Dr Justine Dakin (Coventry LEA advisory teacher) will present ethnographic research into how a small, urban primary school adapted to meet the needs of growing numbers of Newly Arrived (NA) pupils moving to the UK through increased globalisation. Her research focusses on three pupils in order to explore issues around the inclusion of beginners of English into a demanding Key Stage 2 curriculum.The talk will take place on Monday, 30th November, at 14.00 in Jenny Lind G018.
One of our English Literature tutors, Dr Andreas Mueller, has been awarded a British Academy grant to support a period as a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in Semester 2, 2015-16. During his time at Cornell, Dr Mueller will be transcribing 250 letters written by and to Daniel Defoe for the new Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Daniel Defoe, which he is co-editing with Dr Nicholas Seager of Keele University.
On Monday, 9th November, we welcomed Dr Anu Maarit Koskela from De Montfort University, Leicester, as part of the Worcester Seminar Series on Language. She gave an informative and inspiring talk on the semantics of clothing to our first, second and third year undergraduate English Language students.
The project Early Modern Studies: A Journal of Student Research has won a SAP: Students as Academic Partners Award 2015-16. The third success for English Literature in three consecutive years, the project seeks to make student research in Early Modern Studies visible and disseminated beyond the modules within which it was created – whether Literature, Drama, History, Illustrations. The design and first issue of the open access online journal will be the collaborative work of two students: Lucy Cooper (English) and Lauren Susman (Design and Illustrations), under the supervision of Dr Nicoleta Cinpoeş and Tobias Hickey. The project comes at an exciting time: the world celebration of four centuries of Shakespeare Work (2016) and the launch, in 2016, of the Masters by Research in Early Modern Studies at the University of Worcester.
Dr Charlotte Selleck has recently published an article entitled ‘Re-negotiating ideologies of bilingualism on the margins of education’ in the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (online). The article reports on an ethnographic study carried out in an area of southwest Wales and highlights the incongruence (discrepancy) between the language at home and the language of the school, positing that the relationship between language use at school and in the wider community needs to be problematised and questioned far more than has been done thus far.