LJMU English Interns Create World Literature Website

LJMU English Interns Create World Literature Website

Rupert French, Emily Richardson and Katie Taylor, soon-to-be graduates in English at LJMU, have recently completed an internship to create a World Literature website blog. Rupert, Emily and Katie built on the knowledge they gained from our third-year optional “World Literature” module and translated it into an informative online resource. This project testifies to the commitment, abilities and independent thinking of our students, who worked as a team with support from the module leader. The World Literature website showcases the promising work done by the 2016-17 cohort of our World Literature module at LJMU: it includes introductions to key concepts and texts explored in the module, a gallery of student work, and video recordings of presentations from the World Literature Constellation. This was a public student symposium held as part of Tate Liverpool Constellation last January, which benefited from the partnership between LJMU and Tate Foundation. This website also aims to be a resource for future students planning to take...
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PhD student Ryan Coogan on Teaching at Southern Connecticut State University

PhD student Ryan Coogan on Teaching at Southern Connecticut State University

From August to December 2017, LJMU English PhD student Ryan Coogan spent a semester teaching and researching at LJMU's transatlantic partner Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Ryan's thesis focusses upon the work of five key 20th century artists who are primarily known as poets, but have also worked extensively in other forms of media. In Southern's Professor Charles Baraw, who visited the LJMU English department last year, he found a fellow fan of the work of Susan Howe, and together they collaborated on the design of some challenging material and assignments as part of the 2017/18 version of Professor Baraw's 'Contemporary American Poetry' module.  Work and study abroad adds a highly competitive edge to any cv, and the unique relationship between Southern and LJMU has been established to ensure as many of our students as possible can gain that international advantage. At LJMU's 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference, Ryan, Professor Baraw, and Alice Ferrebe (Subject Leader for LJMU English) co-presented on...
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Shanties and Liverpool’s Cultural History: Gerry Smyth at the Mersey River Festival

Shanties and Liverpool’s Cultural History: Gerry Smyth at the Mersey River Festival

LJMU English's Professor Gerry Smyth participated in Liverpool’s celebrated Mersey River Festival,at the weekend, while also showcasing some of his research on one of the city’s lesser known musical traditions. Along with friends in local group the Rock Light Rollers, Gerry performed a concert of shanties (onboard work songs) associated with Liverpool during its nineteenth-century heyday as one of the great port cities of the world. The concert took place in the Albert Dock aboard a working tall ship called The Kaskelot, out of Bristol. Professor Smyth recently published an essay entitled ‘Shanty Singing and the Irish Atlantic: Identity and Hybridity in the Musical Imagination of Stan Hugill’ in The International Journal of Maritime History, 29.2 (2017), the full text of which may be accessed here.    ...
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Level 6 English Students present at LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Level 6 English Students present at LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Since January four English students – Jess Baker, Alice Robinson, Katie Taylor and Jessica White – have been working on a Curriculum Enhancement Intern project around Liverpool Libraries with staff support from Val Stevenson and Glenda Norquay. They’ve been investigating student use of our own library, awareness of what the libraries around Liverpool offer, and what might help everyone make the most of the fabulous resources across the city. On 15 June they presented their work – with coolness, confidence and aplomb – at the conference. And afterwards enjoyed a well-earned class of wine... Their work on the project has revealed a number of things – not least the demand for more armchairs in our library!   It also showed that the best way of finding out what students think is to get students to ask them: an online survey and a number of lively focus groups across all levels produced some findings of real interest of staff in English and in Library...
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The English Team Go Mad (For Research) in North Wales

The English Team Go Mad (For Research) in North Wales

  At the end of May, with marking almost complete, staff in English refocused their attention on research at an Away Day event in Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, North Wales. In the inspiring environment of this wonderful Victorian place, and blessed with brilliant sunshine, we discussed our postgraduate provision, our public engagement activities and funding for research. There was time too to share research ideas – and moderate our marking. Conversations, animated or quiet, took place in various corners of the library and its grounds. Colleagues found new connections in their research work, and took a rare opportunity just to talk about what they’d been reading. We even found time for a country ramble – which, when confronted with a series of stern signs, revealed that some of the English team are more inclined to risk-taking behaviour than others (you know who you are!) ...
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Internship Opportunity for LJMU English Students: Organising a Conference at the London Metropolitan Archives

Internship Opportunity for LJMU English Students: Organising a Conference at the London Metropolitan Archives

Are you studying English at Level 5 or 6 at LJMU this year? Passionate about theatre? Intent on pursuing a career in archives or heritage studies? Interested in events management? Keen to show off your social media skills? Fancy creating online resources for new second year module ‘Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture’? If the answer to any of these questions is a resounding ‘yes’, then do apply for this internship which is designed to give you invaluable hands-on experience of organising a conference. Just hearing the name ‘Drury Lane’ immediately conjures up images of London and the theatre. However, surprisingly little is known about that first theatre on Drury Lane, the Cockpit-Phoenix Playhouse dating to c. 1616. This unique event will redress this imbalance through the cutting edge research of leading scholars and theatre practitioners. Actors will perform short scenes from Cockpit plays and delegates will be offered access to rare theatrical documents from the period. But, best...
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LJMU English Summer Competition: Design a Book Cover!

LJMU English Summer Competition: Design a Book Cover!

The eagerly-awaited LJMU English Student Summer Competition is finally here! (I'm writing that as if this is an annual event - well, from now on, it will be...) We're asking our students to design a cover for one of the texts you've read for your course. We don’t mind a bit which medium you choose to use - painting, drawing, photography, typography, anything - but your design must capture something important about the text and your interpretation of it. The talented winners will receive prizes from the delectable Penguin Clothbound Classics collection, and we're also hoping to have the best entries made into notebooks. So - you want to know the rules, right? Well here they are: You must be studying English as part of your programme at LJMU (and it’s ok if you’re graduating this summer!) You must design a cover for one of the texts you’ve read for your course. You must include a short paragraph (200 words maximum) explaining the inspiration behind...
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The Indian Road Sign: LJMU English Abroad

The Indian Road Sign: LJMU English Abroad

Ruth Childerhouse is just completing her second year as an English student at LJMU. Early this year she was given the chance of travelling to Tirunelveli in India to visit a range of schools and colleges there. Here, she reflects upon her experiences in the context of her studies of post colonialism.  Our focus on the trip was special needs schools,  and coming back I was completely emotionally exhausted. I am so incredibly grateful that I was given this chance to explore the differences in culture and I was constantly on the lookout for evidence of a British colonial legacy. The best way I can explain my impression of this legacy is through road signs. When we got off the aeroplane in Thiruvananthapuram (try saying that after a few drinks!), my first thought was, ‘Oh help, I’m going to get run over’. Actually, my first thought was ‘I’m going to die in this heat’, but the prospect of being squished by a van was...
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English Win LSU Amazing Course Team 2017 Award!

English Win LSU Amazing Course Team 2017 Award!

Last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool Students' Union held the 8th annual Amazing Teaching Awards, an event that celebrates excellent teaching and support across LJMU - with all votes from our students themselves. English were shortlisted in the 'Amazing Course Team' section, alongside thirteen dauntingly excellent departments - and we won! Numerous members of the department were shortlisted in individual categories too; Joanna Price ('Amazing Feedback'), Jon Cranfield and Colin Harrison ('Amazing Supervisor') and Filippo Menozzi ('Amazing Teacher'). We are SO excited to have received this honour - one which rewards one of our proudest achievements as a department - that we think and work as a team to give our students the best experience we can. So we just want to say an enormous thank you to our AMAZING students for nominating us in such numbers and with such eloquence. Here's some of the lovely things they wrote: 'The English team go above and beyond for their students and are always there...
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A Drink with Brendan Behan

A Drink with Brendan Behan

On Thursday 20 April the Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre in conjunction with the Liverpool Arts Society will perform a Rehearsed Reading of a new play based on the life and work of Ireland’s very own poète maudit: Brendan Behan. The play was written by Dr Andrew Sherlock (Drama) and Professor Gerry Smyth (English), and it will be read by former students and staff of LJMU. Brendan Behan has long been regarded as a minor figure in modern Irish literary history, although more recently he has come to be regarded as an important postcolonial rejoinder to the 'great' writers from Ireland's modernist heyday. Dr Sherlock and Professor Smyth are founder members of the Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre which since 2011 has performed seven different pieces in six different countries. This year the company will perform three plays at the Fourth International Flann O'Brien Conference in Salzburg, as well as a six-night run of Professor Smyth's play Nora & Jim (based on an episode in the lives of James Joyce and his partner Nora Barnacle) at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in August. Please contact Professor Smyth...
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Level 6 Students – You SHALL Go to the Ball!

Level 6 Students – You SHALL Go to the Ball!

Final year students - we know how it is just now. Deadlines looming (Dissertations on Friday - gaah!) and you can't remember the last time you enjoyed yourself, or wore anything other than a t-shirt stained with ink and tears.... But in a matter of weeks this'll all be over, and your thoughts will turn to getting out your glad rags and celebrating the end of all your hard work with your classmates and tutors. And what better place than the amazing Bluecoat, and what better way than with a three course meal, drinks, dancing and a photo booth to capture your inevitable elegance? Tickets to the Class of 2017's English Graduation Ball on Thursday 18th May are now on sale here for just £15 per person!  So raise your aching head from your books for a few moments to book yours and finish off your degree with an event you'll always remember! ...
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Hannah Nicholls on her experience of our ‘Writing Lives’ module

Hannah Nicholls on her experience of our ‘Writing Lives’ module

Final year student Hannah Nicholls chose to take LJMU English's 'Writing Lives' module, and became so absorbed by it, she decided to post her reflections on her experience on her regular (and really rather excellent) personal blog. She's kindly given us her permission to reprint the piece here:  I am going to use this post to talk about a separate project I am currently working on. Usually I would not blur the lines between my personal blog and the blogging I do for university. However, it is a project that I enjoy taking part in, and it has taken up much of my life, so it would be wrong not to have it mentioned here. This project is called Writing Lives. It is a module on my English course at Liverpool John Moore’s University. The aim of this project is to make working-class autobiographies available to the public. To do this, each student is required to pick an author from the Burnett...
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LJMU English Welcomes Colleague from Transatlantic Partner Southern Connecticut State

LJMU English Welcomes Colleague from Transatlantic Partner Southern Connecticut State

Next week, LJMU English will be hosting a visit from Professor Brian Johnson of Southern Connecticut State University. LJMU has a unique 'transatlantic alliance' with 'Southern' (as it's known to its staff and students). We have an English Major from Southern studying with us this semester, plus a number of students on our English programme have applied to Study Abroad there next year, and are anxiously waiting to hear if their applications have been successful. Professor Johnson currently teaches composition, creative writing, and modern literature at Southern. He is the author of Torch Lake and Other Poems (a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award), and Site Visits, a collaborative work with the German painter Burghard Müller-Dannhausen. Whilst at LJMU he will give a paper on the Site Visits project to the Research Centre of Literature and Cultural History, and a Poetry Reading on Wednesday 15th March at 5.30pm in Redmonds 523: all are very welcome. As well as observing a number of classes...
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Saturdays With Chambré: Volunteering at the Hardman’s House

Saturdays With Chambré: Volunteering at the Hardman’s House

Ruth Childerhouse is a second year English student at LJMU. Here, she reflects upon her volunteer role as a guide and conservator at the National Trust Hardmans' House, on Rodney Street.  I have always loved museums. There is something beautiful about being in a space dedicated to a collection of objects filled with history. Even the most insignificant paperclip can become a story. It’s magical. I began volunteering for the National Trust in the summer of 2015. The property, Hardmans' House, is a tiny, overlooked photography studio which ran from the 1920s to the 60s. During the open season I work as a room guide, showing visitors around, and during the winter, when the house is closed, I work on conservation. We are often freezing cold and frantically scrambling to cover the fact that we are short staffed. It’s the highlight of my week. The photographers who ran the business, Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife and business partner, Margaret, were brilliant people. Both...
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Explore LJMU’s Special Collections: Peacham’s The Compleat Gentleman (1634)

Explore LJMU’s Special Collections: Peacham’s The Compleat Gentleman (1634)

This post, on one of the oldest books in LJMU's Special Collections, was researched and written by Jamie-Lee Purnell, a second year History and English student currently undertaking a work placement with the Library team.  Henry Peacham (1576-1644) studied at Cambridge University as a Master of Arts. Graphice, the first essay he published, was a practical treatise on art. Its full title was‘Graphice, or the most auncient and excellent Art of Drawing with the Pen and Limning in Water Colours'. His interest in the links between art, mind, body and soul endured into future works such as The Compleat Gentleman, the handbook he intended as a guide for young men of good birth - a kind of complete, gentlemanly ideology - which he produced in 1634. In it, Peacham illustrates the importance of traditions in courtesy books that dealt with ideals, education and conduct befitting a gentleman or lady of the court. Studies of the concepts and practices of nobility were common during the period. However, most of Peacham’s...
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LJMU English Student’s Review Featured by Everyman Playhouse

LJMU English Student’s Review Featured by Everyman Playhouse

Shauna Hughes, one of our first-year English students at LJMU, was delighted to attend the Press Night at the Liverpool Playhouse to review the brilliant production The Star. This was the first time Shauna had been to the Playhouse and this is her debut review! The Star runs until 14 January 2017, so why not celebrate the start of the new term with a visit to the theatre? If you didn't already know this, tickets are only £5 for LJMU students at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres! You can read Shauna's review of The Star on the Everyman website: https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-more/2017/01/06/the-star-review-by-ljmu ...
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LJMU English Students to Give Symposium at Tate Liverpool in January

LJMU English Students to Give Symposium at Tate Liverpool in January

All are invited to the World Literature Constellation, a student-led symposium showcasing work by Level 6 students on our 'World Literature' module. The event will be held at Tate Liverpool on the 11 January 2016, and forms part of Tate's 'Constellations' project to map the connections between artworks, artists and their societies. Guided by module leader Filippo Menozzi, LJMU English students will introduce selected artworks from the Constellations exhibition by adopting materials from the rubric of ‘world literature.’ They will use poems, novels, short stories, essays and novellas discussed on the module to suggest creative connections and different ways to explore the Constellations exhibition at Tate. The symposium will open up the borders of the art gallery to a multitude of voices, influences and resonances and will make artworks speak through narrative and criticism. In particular, the symposium aims to raise the questions: How do narrative and interpretation affect the experience of art? Can literary writing help to rethink and reframe curatorial practice? How does...
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Rachel Willie Awarded Prestigious Book Prize

Rachel Willie Awarded Prestigious Book Prize

LJMU English's Rachel Willie, together with co-editors Kevin Killeen and Helen Smith from the University of York, have been awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize (for Reference Works) for The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530-1700. This was published by Oxford University Press in 2015, and contains forty essays from leading international scholars on the role of the Bible in sixteenth and seventeenth century life, exploring how the scriptures served as a generative motor for ideas, and a resource for creative and political thought, as well as for domestic and devotional life. It contains Rachel's own essay, 'All Scripture is given by inspiration of God : Dissonance and psalmody'. This prestigious prize is awarded by the Council of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. Congratulations Rachel!  ...
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Celtic Tiger Blues: Professor Gerry Smyth’s latest book

Celtic Tiger Blues: Professor Gerry Smyth’s latest book

LJMU English's Professor Gerry Smyth's new book, entitled Celtic Tiger Blues: Music and Irish Identity, has been published by Rutledge. It is a collection of essays focusing on Ireland's complex cultural relationship with music of various kinds. It includes material on the art and folk traditions, the work of James Joyce, popular groups such as the Pogues and the Waterboys, and the aesthetics of listening. The book represents the latest stage in a life-long project for Gerry, focusing here on the ways in which music engages with particular aspects of Irish identity. The nature of popular music and the Irish identity it supposedly articulates have both undergone profound change in recent years: the first as a result of technological and wider industrial changes in the organisation and dissemination of music as seen, for example, with digital platforms such as YouTube, Spotify and iTunes. A second factor has been Ireland’s spectacular fall from economic grace after the demise of the "Celtic Tiger", and the...
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Michael Morris’s Slavery Walking Tours

Michael Morris’s Slavery Walking Tours

Black History Month runs each October in the UK to highlight the contribution made by black men and women to Britain’s heritage. This year, LJMU English’s Michael Morris led two public walking tours for Black History Month in Glasgow. Michael’s research revealed that all twelve of the statues in Glasgow’s central George Square have a connection to slavery and abolition. George Square was laid out in 1781 and the statues, erected between 1819 and 1902, are designed to celebrate scientists, writers, military figures, politicians and royals. These statues tell a sanitised story of Empire – whether a clean story of trade from the Clyde, or an orderly procession of colonised peoples paying tribute to a monarch. In an example of ‘guerrilla memorialisation’, this walking tour read the statues ‘against the grain’ to reveal a hidden history of Glasgow and Scotland’s involvement in slavery associated with each and every one of the statues on display. Both tours were sold out and led to great...
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Choose your Career! Level 6 English Careers Event: Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 at 2pm

Choose your Career! Level 6 English Careers Event: Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 at 2pm

What could be more important than your future? On 2nd November 2016, we're running a special Careers Event for L6 English Students (in John Foster 1.27, from 2-4). When you're not stressing about assignments, are you thinking about life after graduation? Still not quite sure how to tackle your job hunt? Frazzled by the application forms you've dared to download? Dazzled by so many possibilities? Like eating pizza? Come along to our special event to listen to, and chat with, the experts - all with a focus on the skills and experience you’ve developed through studying English. • LJMU English Careers Advisor Gary Douglas will explain the mysteries of 'Graduate Training Schemes' and 'The Job Market Uncovered’; • Professor David Gibson, from LJMU’s Entrepreneur Hub, will talk about how Freelance Working can open up opportunities you never knew you had. So, (for one afternoon only), forget about your reading lists, put your dissertation research on hold, have a late lunch with us and: CHOOSE YOUR CAREER! To book your place (and your pizza!), please...
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Trip to the Everyman Theatre, 12th October 2016

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Trip to the Everyman Theatre, 12th October 2016

Our second year Shakespeare module had a change in its reading list this year when LJMU English lecturer Rebecca Bailey discovered that the Everyman was collaborating with Shakespeare's Globe on an October production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. On Monday night over 50 students and staff from the department attended the show, which styles Verona as what director Nick Bagnall calls the 'cardigan clad world' of the swinging Sixties. The following day, Bagnall, whom the Guardian called 'the most mind-altering of Shakespearean directors' and Emma Whiteley, the Everyman's Learning Manager, came along to the module for a Q&A. Shakespeare students made the most of this opportunity with a range of questions. Many were fascinated with the music - a major facet of the production - asking how it had been composed, how it was used to separate the play's different 'spaces' (Verona, Milan and the forest), and how on earth the cast members were so talented that they all acted, danced, sang and played...
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The BFG – for free! – at the Phil, Tuesday 18th October 2016

The BFG – for free! – at the Phil, Tuesday 18th October 2016

If you're an LJMU English student, you can see The BFG for free on Tuesday, 18th October 2016, as part of the Philharmonic's partnership with your university. All you need to do is to book over the phone (Box Office number: 0151 709 3789), or buy from the Box Office at the Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street in person. When you collect your tickets, you will need to show your LJMU student card. No-one (and least of all a literature student) can have too much Roald Dahl in their life, clearly, but if you haven't yet seen a film at the Phil, you're missing out on one of Liverpool's best cultural experiences. The screen, supposedly the last of its kind in the world, rises out of the stage while the Phil's resident cinema organist, Dave Nicholas, does his thing. In a kilt. Call the Box Office now! The Phil are also showing Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, on 16 November 2016, and the all the same things - free tickets...
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Nadine Muller Launches New Project Live on Woman’s Hour

Nadine Muller Launches New Project Live on Woman’s Hour

On 11 November 2016, Nadine Muller, together with Mary Moreland from the War Widows' Association of Great Britain, launched her Heritage Lottery Funded project War Widows' Stories live on Woman's Hour. They were given eight star-struck minutes with BBC Radio 4's Jenni Murray, and you can listen to the result below via BBC iPlayer. Talking about her first live radio experience, Nadine says: It's needless to say I was so excited about being able to do this. It meant our project was given national coverage on Armistice Day, a time when the nation is focused on remembrance of the dead, but often forgets about our duty to take care of those who survive conflict, including veterans and families. You can listen to the programme via this link, and Nadine has also written a blog post about her experience, which you can you read here....
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Study Abroad at SCSU: New Haven’s Other University

Study Abroad at SCSU: New Haven’s Other University

This might sound familiar. New Haven, like some other cities you might be able to think of, has another university, one which, to the ill-informed, might seem slightly more prestigious. Now clearly your loyalties are to SCSU, but that's not to say you shouldn't aim to take full advantage of what the Other University has to offer you as a New Haven resident. Because, unlike some other Other Universities, this one is nothing if not generous with its assets...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGn3-RW8Ajk&w=560&h=315   Well, I think you'll agree, that's a hard act to follow. But follow it I must, with some suggestions as to how you can make the most of Yale.     Free Tour of the Yale Campus Mon-Fri:  149 Elm Street. 10.30am-2.00pm. Sat & Sun: 149 Elm Street. 1.30pm. Yale is right there for you to see wherever you go in the centre of New Haven, but it is totally worth taking an hour out of your weekend or afternoon to learn some of the history of one of...
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LJMU, Meet SCSU: Working in the USA Internship Project

LJMU, Meet SCSU: Working in the USA Internship Project

On 12th July, three LJMU English students on the second year module 'Working in the USA' - Isobel Currie, Rupert French and Jessica Rimmer - travelled to New Haven, Connecticut to begin a three week internship project at Southern Connecticut State University. Part-funded by LJMU's Curriculum Enhancement Project and the International Office, they are going to produce a range of online resources for students considering taking advantage of the 'transatlantic alliance' between LJMU and SCSU (or 'Southern' as it's known to its students and staff) that should allow hundreds of students to experience life and study on the opposite Atlantic coast in the next few years. Alice Ferrebe, the Head of English, who arranged the internships and travelled out with the interns, said, 'This is a really exciting new development - for LJMU, in its alliance with Southern, and for our long-running "Working in the USA" module. We hope that in the future lots of students who have always dreamed of...
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The new LJMU English Academic Journal is here!

The new LJMU English Academic Journal is here!

It's Autumn again: time for a new academic year, a new start, and, of course, a new diary. The latest edition of our world-renowned English Academic Journal is ready and waiting, fallen from its tree like a ripe fruit... (ok, enough). So if you're studying English at LJMU, please make sure you pick up your very own free copy at Induction. As always, the EAJ is full of crucial information about the English Department, and about how to navigate smoothly and serenely through student life in Liverpool and beyond. The journal has been designed by students for students (with a little bit of help from Jo Croft), and it includes literary 'quotes of the week' as well as spaces for you to write out your timetable, reading lists, PDP sessions etc. This year's edition has extra note pages (as requested by you), and even has a special section for your own literary compositions. There are QR codes linked to this website, and - most importantly...
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‘Strength Through Variety’: LJMU’s In the Red Magazine

‘Strength Through Variety’: LJMU’s In the Red Magazine

Now in its fifteenth incarnation, In the Red Magazine champions Liverpool's Student Writing Community in an annual prose and poetry collection. The objective of this year's edition is to celebrate 'Strength Through Variety'. That's not just prose, poetry, comedy and music, but all forms of art so long as it's expressive and true to the person who created it. Poignant essays? Heart shattering poems? Hilarious haikus? Bring in a canvas painting! We'll display it for you. If it comes from a place inside and you feel you can share it with us, we'll humbly respect that honour by being your limbo champions, bending over backwards 'til our necks touch the ground to ensure you get the recognition you deserve and in turn making you a part of something every single one of us can be proud of. If you have any ideas for content regarding our events, talk to us. If you have unique skills beyond putting pen to paper and expressing yourself (and...
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Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet: Richard Le Gallienne Exhibition at Central Library

Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet: Richard Le Gallienne Exhibition at Central Library

  Those of you interested in Oscar Wilde (who isn’t?), in literary Liverpool or in the 1890s might like to visit the current exhibition at the beautiful Hornby Library in Liverpool Central Library from 5 August–31 October 2016. This free exhibition celebrates the life and 150th anniversary of Richard Le Gallienne, Birkenhead boy, aesthete, poet and critic, who was inspired to lead a literary life after hearing Wilde lecture in Liverpool. You can read the Guardian review of the exhibition here. For LJMU English final year students, this would be sure to get you in the mood for our Level 6 module ‘Vamps and Villains’. LJMU PhD student, Joseph Thorne, has been working as a research assistant on the exhibition and will be blogging soon for us about his experiences curating and working in the archives.  ...
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Shrinking Violets: Radio 4’s Book of the Week

Shrinking Violets: Radio 4’s Book of the Week

LJMU English's Professor Joe Moran's latest book, Shrinking Violets, will be Book of the Week on Radio 4 next week, starting on Monday 29th August. Joe's 'Field Guide to Shyness' will be read by Nigel Planer. If you miss an episode, you'll be able to listen again here. Can't wait until Monday? You can also read Joe's fantastic essay previewing the book on the Guardian website here.  ...
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Marginal Irish Modernisms: International Conference at LJMU English 8-9 September 2016

Marginal Irish Modernisms: International Conference at LJMU English 8-9 September 2016

On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September 2016 the Department of English at LJMU will host an international conference on the subject of Marginal Irish Modernisms. The conference will focus on reconsidering the meaning and scope of Irish modernism throughout the twentieth century and down to the present. The keynote speakers are Professor Joseph Bristow of the University of California who will be talking about Oscar Wilde Sir Roger Casement, and Dr Tina O’Toole of the University of Limerick, who will lecture on cosmopolitan Irishness in the fiction of George Egerton. Besides Britain and Ireland, delegates will be attending from France, Germany and the United States. The Principal Co-ordinator of the network Professor Gerry Smyth said: ‘The department of English here at LJMU has strengths in many of the areas encompassed by this conference. It’s fantastic to have an event like this here in Liverpool, and to be at the forefront of exciting developments in the field of modernist studies.’ This event is part...
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Liverpool Travel Seminar, Saturday 24th September 2016

Liverpool Travel Seminar, Saturday 24th September 2016

The tenth annual Liverpool Travel Seminar will be held at Blackburne House, Liverpool, on Saturday 24 September 2016. The Liverpool Travel Seminar is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research forum launched jointly by Liverpool Hope University, the University of Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moores University in 2007. This year’s event is arranged in association with the Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Translating Cultures’ theme, and brings together researchers linked to AHRC-funded projects with members of the Network on Travel Writing of the Far North to discuss questions of travel and place. Speakers include Professor Karina Lykke Grand (Aarhus University, Denmark) Professor Margaret Topping (Queen’s University Belfast) and Professor Carol Tully (Bangor University). The seminar is organised by Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Dr. Zoe Kinsley (Liverpool Hope University) and Dr. Kate Walchester (Liverpool John Moores University). For further details contact Kate Walchester (K.A.Walchester@ljmu.ac.uk). You can reserve a place here. ...
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Clearing: Come and study English with us!

Clearing: Come and study English with us!

If you think LJMU's English course might be for you, we still have a limited number of places available. Remember, though, that the Clearing process is very competitive. Here's our advice for securing a place on our course for September 2016: Make sure you've checked all the information on our entry requirements and the course itself via the LJMU website (and that you meet those requirements). Have a look at LJMU's Essential Guide to Clearing, here, to make sure you understand the process. Stay calm and be positive: we're a friendly bunch here at LJMU English. We make Clearing offers to candidates who are open and articulate, committed to their studies, who love reading and discussing ideas, and are aware of what LJMU English, the university, and the city have to offer - be ready to convince us that this means you! We make sure that all Clearing applicants talk to an academic - a lecturer on the English programme - and they'll want...
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LJMU PhD student Ryan Coogan on front page of Times Higher

LJMU PhD student Ryan Coogan on front page of Times Higher

Back when I first decided to enter postgraduate education, opportunities for financial aid were few and far between. Ambition and outstanding grades didn’t necessarily translate to a Masters or a PhD; if you couldn’t afford the fees or the living costs, you would have to concede your place on your dream course to somebody who could. While this situation certainly seems to be improving – with the introduction of Masters’ funding this year, and PhD funding come 2018 – I wrote this article for the Times Higher Education to highlight the still-prevalent, popular distinction between the educated and the poor. While I make the point that the Brexit ‘experts’ debate seems to be the most recent manifestation of this distinction, the reason I wrote this piece was to get a few things off my chest about the more generally damaging attitudes towards working-class academics across all class boundaries. Hopefully we will eventually reach a stage where the notion that a person...
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‘Doping in Sports’ – Teaching Experience

‘Doping in Sports’ – Teaching Experience

On 12th July 2016 a 'Doping in Sports' Conference was held in LJMU's Tom Reilly Building. This was part of a much larger project with LJMU's Endocrinology department, as well as the British Endocrine Society. This was my experience of our English-related part... Teaching is something I am considering doing in the future - that's why I took the Teaching 'strand' of the English Work Experience module during my second year. So, when I received an email from lecturer Dr Kate Walchester asking if I would be interested in a little bit more experience I jumped at the opportunity. However, as I settled and re-read the details (after confirming my desire to help out) I reeled at the title: Doping in Sports. Sports? As an elegantly sedentary literature student, sport, in general, is a long way down my list of thoughts for the day, in fact I think I go months without willingly thinking about sports at all. Yet, this was experience...
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