Department of English Literature Undergraduate Award Ceremony

 Professor Peter Robinson writes:

It was a great pleasure, one of my final duties as outgoing Head of Department for English Literature in the School of Literature and Languages, to present The Margaret Seymour and Percy Sharman Prize for Literature, awarded to Lorenzo Pagano, the student with the best overall mark in finals, who had a GPA of over 74 and a run of marks at Part 3 all in the first class band. I also presented our Best Dissertation Prize to Benjamin Beach, for a thesis on T. S. Eliot’s earlier poetry and the problems — poetic, philosophical and critical — of emotion in his work. This was awarded an agreed 85 by the two anonymous examiners.

Bridgeman; (c) University of Reading Art Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Bridgeman; (c) University of Reading Art Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

It was also a great pleasure to welcome again Paul Ovstedal, son of the novelist, to present The Rosalind Laker Award for Creative Writing to Unah Cader for the best dissertation on our Pathway this year, which consisted of two short stories rewriting fairy tales and an accompanying commentary. All three of the winners were able to be present in person, along with members of their families, and it was a delight to welcome them into the Department for our celebrations.



About Professor Peter Robinson…

Peter’s latest publication is The Draft Will. Much of it composed during Peter Robinson’s eighteen years living in Japan, The Draft Will brings together a selection of his experiments with the prose poem and an extended sequence exploring a mystery in the poet’s family background.      ‘A major English poet’ (Poetry Review)

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About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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