Chicken, P’s & Q’s: An Art Practice-based Enquiry into the Networks and Migrating Motifs of the German Avant-garde Artist, Kurt ‘Merz’ Schwitters Jackie Haynes (University of Cumbria) Wednesday 5 May 2021 2-4 pm on Teams Please write to if you would like to join us! Abstract ‘Merz’ is the neologism coined by Kurt Schwitters

New article by Hannah Bury

PhD student Hannah Bury has just published her first peer-reviewed article, ‘Stretched Nerves and Suffering Minds: The Isolating Effects of Female Madness in Villette‘ in the Brontë Studies journal. Congratulations Hannah! You can read her article here:

Award for Qudsia Akhtar

We are delighted to report that our PhD student Qudsia Akhtar won first prize in the New World Oral Presentation category at the 13th annual Manchester Metropolitan Postgraduate Conference on 17 March. Congratulations! Qudsia’s paper was entitled ‘Exploring the Fourth Space: Writing the ‘I’ of the British-Pakistani Experience’. The organisers said: ‘Our committee, delegates and

Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry

The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry (co-founded and co-edited by Scott Thurston) has just created a new editorial advisory board in order to diversify the journal and to set exciting new directions of travel. The new team comprises a group of early career poets and academics: James Goodwin (Birkbeck), Ghazal Mosadeq, Dr Fran


“Risky Mutual Transfusions”: Guest writer Jenn Ashworth presents Notes Made While Falling, followed by creative responses from Alicia Rouverol & Rachel Newsome  Wednesday 17 March 3-5pm on Teams Please write to if you would like to join us! Jenn Ashworth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Writing at

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English Research Seminar

English Research Seminar: Judy Kendall and Jack Wilson Wednesday 9 March 2021 2-4pm on Teams Please write to if you would like to join us! Judy Kendall ‘Extralingual Translation: the Paratextual, the Visual and the Thing’: Making the most of the sabbatical This paper will give a brief overview of my monograph Where Language Thickens which

Interview with Blair James

Blair James (PhD Creative Writing) has given an excellent interview on creating an authentic child’s voice in writing for Writers Online.

New publication from Hannah Bury

We are delighted to celebrate the latest of PhD student Hannah Bury’s publications — this time a review of Denis Denisoff and Talia Schaffer’s Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. Congratulations Hannah!