New performance film by Kate Adams

A new film, based on Kate Adams’ performance Water is Attracted to Water, is beginning an internation tour of film festivals. One Day We Will Dance with You, was screened in February at Cinema Verde: the International Environmental Film and Arts Festival, where it received the ‘Dancing Story’ award and will tour later this year

Farewell to Jackie Kay

Colleagues were invited to take part in a special event in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery on 10 March to celebrate Jackie Kay’s tenure as the University’s Chancellor and to thank her for her remarkable service over the last five years. A number of warm and grateful speeches were made and Lindsay Taylor presented

Book launch for Qudsia Akhtar’s Khamoshi

On 12 March, colleagues and relatives alike were delighted to be invited to a glittering launch event for Qudsia Akhtar’s first poetry collection, Khamoshi (Silence), published by Verve Poetry Press, based in Birmingham. The event featured presentations from Peter Wells — Qudsia’s former English teacher — and Scott Thurston — Qudsia’s PhD supervisor. Rather than

Judy Kendall to contribute to seminar on Old English poetry

Judy Kendall will be giving a presentation to an online research seminar ‘Riddles in Conversation’ as part of the AHRC-funded project, ‘Group Identity and the Early Medieval Riddle Tradition’. Judy’s presentation is entitled, ‘Avant-garde Translation Techniques’. As the organisers describe: ‘the Exeter Book riddles are often enlisted to illustrate what we think we know about

New Book from Scott Thurston

Scott Thurston has published a new book of poems with Beir Bua Press, based in Co. Tipperary. Terraces: a choreography, is a sequence of eighty prose poems which continue Scott’s long-standing exploration of embodied movement experiences through poetic language. Scott has realised several of the poems in the book as choreographic performances in which he

Stephen M Hornby to be featured at 40th anniversary of Pride celebrations

We are delighted to celebrate Stephen M Hornby’s new project timed to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the UK’s first National Pride in Huddersfield. Stephen, who is National Playwright in Residence to LGBT History Month, is writing ten monologues for a new performance work funded by the Arts Council, Kirklees Council and LGBT+ History Month.

New publication for PhD alumna Amjad Alshalan

We are delighted to report that PhD alumna Amjad AlShalan has published an article entitled ‘Shakespeare’s Othello and Colour-Blindness among Saudi Readers’, which has been published in English: The Journal of the English Association (OUP) Amjad was supervised by Caroline Magennis and Tracy Crossley during her time at Salford, and has gone on to showcase

Emma Barnes in the PSA Newsletter

Emma Barnes has published an article entitled ‘Another Settler Move to Innocence: Unmarked Graves and Discourses of Discovery’ in the PSA Newsletter for Feb 2022. In light of the uncovering of mass graves in Canada, the most recent PSA newsletter is dedicated to foregrounding Indigenous voices through literature, art, storytelling, and articles about reconciliation initiatives

New Publication from Glyn White

We are delighted to report a new publication co-edited by Salford’s Glyn White and Philip Tew (Brunel). The latest volume in Bloomsbury’s Decades series, The 1940s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction, asks the question: how did social, cultural and political events concerning Britain during the 1940s reshape modern British fiction? Several years in the