Salford PGR students

English Research Seminar: Emma Barnes

We are delighted to announce the latest English Research Seminar, taking place in person on Wednesday 7 December between 2:30 and 4:30 on the University of Salford campus. Unfortunately Caroline Magennis will now not appear due to illness. If you wish to attend as a member of the public, please contact Scott Thurston on S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk.

Qudsia Akhtar appears in the Forward Anthology

(this is a lightly-edited version of the article which appeared on the University’s intranet, written by Loughlan Campbell) Qudsia Akhtar, (3rd year AHRC funded doctoral researcher in Creative Writing) has had her satirical piece ‘My Dad is A Terrorist’ highly commended by the renowned Forward Prizes panel and is featured in The Forward Book of Poetry 2023.

Hannah Helm on her visit to the Disney Archives and D23 Expo

Hannah Helm, one of our PhD students, was awarded funding from Santander to undertake research in Anaheim, California in the Walt Disney archives. Hannah’s interdisciplinary, intersectional PhD project investigates feminist, anti-sanist, and anti-ableist representations of femininity, madness, and disability in nineteenth-century children’s literature and Disney live-action film adaptation (2010-2019). Hannah writes: In December 2021, I

‘Best Paper’ recognition for Katie Barnes

NWCDTP funded PhD student Katie Barnes won best paper on her panel at Salford’s postgraduate research conference (SPARC) for her paper entitled “The artful Eighth: exploring performance art as an alternate form of memoir in response to Repeal the Eighth”. The paper considers how memoir and the artistic form intertwine as a response to trauma,

English Success at the Create Awards!

We are delighted to report that at the recent Create Awards ceremony, two of our postgraduate researchers were recognised for their achievements. Vashti Suwa Gbolagun won the Dean’s Award. Hannah Helm won the Performance, English and Creative Writing Award. Congratulations to Vashti and Hannah, who write about their experience below! VASHTI writes: Winning the Dean’s

New publication for Qudsia Akhtar

Congratulations to Qudsia on publishing a new poem at Wildness magazine. You can read the poem, entitled ‘Disenchantment’, here.

New performances for Qudsia Akhtar

Qudsia Akhtar will be performing her poetry at two events coming soon. On Wed 13 April starting at 7:30pm, Qudsia will be reading from her new book Khamoshi alongside other VERVE Poetry Press authors Betty Doyle, Erica Gillingham and Nicki Heinen, hosted by VERVE publisher Stuart Bartholomew. Book your ticket for this FREE Zoom event

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

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