English at Salford

Jade Munslow Ong to give this year’s Percival Lecture

Professor Jade Munslow Ong will host this year’s prestigious Percival Lecture on the South Africa’s relationship with modernism and its modernist writers. The lecture, entitled ‘South Africa’s Modernism, Modernism’s South Africa’ will take place at The Old Fire Station, University of Salford, on 18 April at 6pm, and is organised by Manchester Lit & Phil,

Book launch for Caroline Magennis’ Harpy

Caroline Magennis will be launching her latest book Harpy: A Manifesto for Childfree Women (Icon Books, 2023) at the International Anthony Burgess Centre in Manchester on Thursday 9th May at 6pm. Caroline will be in conversation with author and academic Prof Claire Lynch to discuss how the book attempts to look beyond the often-divisive conversation

Book launch for Szilvi Naray-Davey’s Plays from Contemporary Hungary

Szilvi Naray-Davey will be launching her new book Plays from Contemporary Hungary: ‘Difficult Women’ and Resistant Dramatic Voices (Bloomsbury, Methuen Drama) at the Digital Performance Lab at the University of Salford’s campus at MediaCityUK on Thursday 7th March at 6:30pm. The book is a unique collection of five translated contemporary plays (extracts from which will be performed at

Book launch for Scott Thurston’s Turning

Scott Thurston will be launching his selected poems Turning (Shearsman) at the New Adelphi Studio on Tuesday 27th February at 6pm. Here’s the book’s cover endorsement by Robert Sheppard: Thurston’s poems always danced, as the early writings here demonstrate, in line and spacing, long before dance as a practice became his poetic focus and his

New publication for Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson’s new book Pragmatics, Utterance Meaning, and Representational Gesture has just appeared from Cambridge University Press in the ‘Elements’ series. The publisher’s summary of the book is as follows: Humans produce utterances intentionally. Visible bodily action, or gesture, has long been acknowledged as part of the broader activity of speaking, but it is only

New publications and book launch from South African Modernism

South African Modernism is delighted to celebrate a series of new publications An academic article on the making of the film All That is Buried in the journal Media Practice and Education can be found below. The authors were Maire Tracey, Simon Stanton-Sharma, Sanja Nivesjö, Emma Barnes and Jade Munslow Ong. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/25741136.2023.2289095 Here are some

Arts for the Blues in the news

Arts for the Blues has had some great press coverage in recent weeks, including an appearance of Prof Scott Thurston on That’s TV: Please see the links below for further coverage in print media:

South African Modernism news

The South African Modernism project continues to go from strength to strength with appearing at the Being Human festival and sourcing new University of Salford funding for decolonising the curriculum work. On Saturday 11 November, the team ran their Being Human Festival 2023 event, ‘Make a Zine! (Inspired by DRUM Magazine)’ workshop at the Clifford Whitworth Library on

Jack Wilson featured in International Association for Study of Arabia journal

Jack Wilson On 26th April 2023 Dr Jack Wilson co-delivered a lecture by Zoom on ‘Language and Ecology in Southern and Eastern Arabia’ (with Profs Janet Watson and Dawn Chatty), an event jointly organised by the British Yemeni Society, the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA) and the Mohamed Bin Issa al Jaber

Arts for the Blues wins new AHRC grant funding

Arts for the Blues, an evidenced-based creative psychological therapy developed by Prof Scott Thurston as a collaborative partnership between the University of Salford and Edge Hill University, has been awarded £50,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) package. The two-day course, supported by a website and