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About English Literature at Reading

The Department of English Literature at Reading has been an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching in English Studies for over a hundred years. Our teaching system, with its emphasis on seminars and tutorial work, encourages our students to discuss ideas with tutors and other students in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. All of our students have access to dedicated study advisors; our academic placement scheme and 'professional track' programme provide invaluable preparation for subsequent careers.

Rosalind Laker Prize for Creative Writing

The Department is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Rosalind Laker prize for Creative Writing is Hannah Murphy, who graduated recently. The Rosalind Laker Prize for Creative Writing is an annual award established by Mrs Sue Keane and … Continue reading

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English Literature students lead cast, in Shakespeare’s return to Reading Abbey Ruins. Much Ado About Nothing, 11th-21st July

Reading Abbey Ruins have re-opened to the public, after a three year, £3.15m restoration project, meaning that the popular Open Air Shakespeare by Progress Theatre (which moved to the beautiful Caversham Court Gardens in 2012) has now returned to the … Continue reading

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Second Sight: The Margaret Atwood Learning Journals

Second Sight: The Margaret Atwood Learning Journals is published by the UoR this week and it celebrates the quality of our students’ work on the final year ‘Margaret Atwood’ module. Co-edited with a Part 3 DEL student, the book presents … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our new lecturer in creative writing, Kate Clanchy, who has received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Kate Clanchy received the honour for services to literature in schools, in recognition of her work as a Writer in Residence at Oxford Spires Academy. Over the last nine years, she has nurtured creative talent at the school, whose pupils … Continue reading

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Neil Cocks is running barefoot.

This would make an excellent title for an academic novel, but in this case we mean it literally. Neil Cocks is running the Oxfordshire Three Spires Challenge half-marathon in his bare feet to raise money for the Ollie Young foundation, a charity that … Continue reading

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Dr. John Scholar, our new colleague, introduces himself.

I’m delighted to be joining the Department of English Literature as a Lecturer, my first permanent academic job. I’m only coming 25 miles down the road as I’ve recently been at Oxford University, as PhD student, postdoc, and then lecturer. I’ve also studied in London … Continue reading

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Dr Anna Maerker (KCL), Interpreting the preserved body: Making intelligible specimens in nineteenth-century anatomy

  The representation of the body in three dimensions is crucial for artistic practice as well as for medical education, and anatomists and artists have long resorted to a wide range of practices and materials to represent the visual and haptic qualities … Continue reading

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Reminder: Tony Watkins Annual lecture

This annual lecture commemorating the academic work of Tony Watkins will take place on Thursday May 3rd at 6 pm in Edith Morley (formerly HUMSS Building) room  44. The eminent critical psychologist Dr Jan De Vos will speak on ‘Digitalizing childhood: leading … Continue reading

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Debate and doughnuts: Why are some wages more equal than others?

No matter your political agenda, staff and students alike are invited to a two-hour drop-in session to discuss the gender pay gap and issues of equal pay. Find out what your university has to say on: Tuesday 8th May at … Continue reading

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Congratulations

Our current M(Res) in Children’s Literature student Kristy Keller has won second prize in the category ‘First Pages’ at the Swedish ‘Stockholm Writer’s Festival’ with her children’s detective novel Harper Holloway and the Disappearance of Arabella Sent   http://stockholmwritersfestival.com/im-thrilled-chosen/ Many congratulations, … Continue reading

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