English, Media & Culture at Worcester



February 2018

Visit to the School of Law

English Language students on our ‘Introduction to Forensic Linguistics’ module visited the University of Worcester’s School of Law to experience the environment of the courtroom and learn more about the role of the expert witness from the Head of Law, Bill Davies. We then enjoyed exploring the courtroom and trying out the judge’s chair and barristers’ robes. For the rest of our seminar session we held our discussion in the impressive surroundings of the jury room.



Exploring the courtroom


Working in the jury room

Many thanks to the School of Law for their welcome to us!


Dialect Symposium 15 February 2018

English Language students and staff enjoyed sharing in a Dialect Symposium at the University of Worcester on the local varieties of Worcestershire and the adjacent areas. Current students from all three years as well as former students heard lively talks by Dr Ella Jeffries (University of Essex) on the Worcester Dialect Archive, Dr Michelle Straw (University of Gloucestershire) on the Forest of Dean dialect, and Dr Esther Asprey (Birmingham City University) on West Midlands English.


Course leader Dr Eleftherios Kailoglou and Dr Ella Jeffries chat to students at the start.



Dr Ella Jeffries explains the ongoing work on the Worcester Dialect Archive. University of Worcester students are contributing to this research as part of their project work.


Dr Michelle Straw explains how the notion of place is key to our understanding of dialects.


Dr Esther Asprey shares her research on Black Country English.

Many thanks to our guest speakers and our audience!

Images from the past: poetry that confronts and reinvents history


Members of the English, Media and Culture department, Dr Jack McGowan, Ruth Stacey and Katy Wareham Morris will be reading their poetry alongside local poets, Claire Walker and Antony Owen 

Thursday 1st March 7.30pm         The Hive, Worcester


Antony Owen will read from The Nagasaki Elder which was written after his visit to Hiroshima, where he interviewed survivors and after his research into the War bombing of his home city of Coventry.

Claire Walker will read from Somewhere Between Rose and Black which is based on her Great-Aunt’s diary, which was originally written in the 1960s.

Dr Jack McGowan will read from his work-in-progress collection of poetry, Rackham!, which explores the fame, and most often misfortune, of Calico Jack Rackham, a pirate captain active in the early 18th century during the twilight of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Ruth Stacey will read poems from her collection, Queen Jewel Mistress (Eyewear), which attempts to capture the voice of British queens/consorts throughout history, capturing the feeling of moving through the centuries whilst also telling each queen’s story.

Katy Wareham Morris will read poems on motherhood, marriage and identity, attempting to articulate the pluralistic nature of the ‘female’ experience both past and present. She will read from her pamphlet, Inheritance (Mother’s Milk Books) and from her forth-coming publication, Cutting the Green Ribbon (Hesterglock Press).



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