LJMU English students Ryan Pickering and Katie Taylor are among those currently visiting Southern Connecticut State University on a trip funded by the School of Humanities and Social Science. LJMU has formed an exciting alliance with SCSU (or ‘Southern’ to its students and staff), and we hope that lots of students studying English will take up the opportunity to study there for a semester or a year. Ryan, Katie and two other HSS students are experiencing everything Southern, New Haven, and the surrounding area has to offer. As well as New Haven’s museums and galleries, they will explore Connecticut’s beautiful shoreline (they were instructed to bring their swimming costumes), and visit both the Mark Twain and the Harriet Beecher Stowe houses. New Haven, which is also the location of Yale University, is a mere hour-and-a-half on a train from New York (and around two hours from Boston) – an amazing location for exploring the east coast of the US.
On Thursday, 9th June, the LJMU students all attended a poetry reading by Andrew McMillan at the Lyric Hall, New Haven. Andrew is a lecturer in the Creative Writing department at LJMU, and is leading the trip to SCSU. Last year, his debut, physical, was the first poetry collection to win the Guardian‘s First Book Award. Katie pronounced the event ‘incredible’.
Look out for posts from Ryan and Katie on their return home to find out more about what they’ve seen and done. If you’re coming to study with LJMU English in September, you might want to start dreaming about one of the many study abroad options we have to offer!