English, Media & Culture at Worcester



December 2015

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.

Children’s Literature article

One of Worcester’s doctoral researchers and sessional lecturers, Rosie Miller, has had her article entitled ‘Storytelling and Affect in Sonya Hartnett’s The Children of the King’ published in Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature. The full article may be accessed here.

Creative Writing Field Trip

Dr Anna Stenning organised a field trip to the countryside around Ledbury for students taking the final-year module ‘Environmental Writing’. Accompanied by Janet Parry from the Ledbury Field Naturalists Club, this walk gave our students the chance to encounter a rare piece of ancient woodland, some fantastic views, and learn of several inspiring literary connections. Worcester’s budding writers will use the trip to develop a longer piece of environmental writing concerned with an unfamiliar or newly appreciated landscape.

CPWT2001 Group Pic Anna

Language Research on Display

Jenny LJ Research Image

One of our English Language tutors, Jenny Lewin-Jones, has an exhibit on her English Language research in the public exhibition and competition “Images of Research”, on now 4th – 10th December 2015, in Worcester’s university and public library, The Hive. You are warmly invited to visit this exhibition and join in the Public’s Choice voting.


Dr Mueller’s latest article

An article with the title “Politics, Politeness, and Panegyrics: Defoe, Addison, and Philips on Blenheim” by Dr Andreas Mueller has just been published in the journal Philological Quarterly. Dr Mueller discusses some of the poetic celebrations of the Duke of Marlborough’s victory at Blenheim, Germany, in 1704-5, focusing in particular on Daniel Defoe’s A Hymn to Victory.


Poetry Performance by Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi will perform her poetry at The Hive on 29 January 2016, 13.30-14.30 pm. Agbabi was shortlisted in 2015 for the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize and has received the Cholmondeley Award 2015. Her poetry has been featured on radio and TV worldwide. She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury. The author of four books, her latest, Telling Tales was published in 2014 by Canongate. Telling Tales is a vivid retelling of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century.

For further information please contact Dr Tricia Connell, Email:

Student Publishing Success

First-year Creative and Professional Writing students have now beaten the record of publication set by their peers in Levels 5 &6.  Three of our new cohort have secured paid publication in a prestigious national newspaper, The Guardian.  Kevin Brooke’s feature about the role that a Nat King Cole song played in his family life may be found here.

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