Last Wednesday night, as the sun set (really rather poetically) over the Mersey, Professor Brian Johnson from LJMU’s transatlantic partner Southern Connecticut State University gave a reading of his poetry to staff and students.

Professor Johnson currently teaches composition, creative writing, and modern literature at Southern, and 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.

Prof Johnson was introduced by LJMU Creative Writing’s Andrew Macmillan

During his week-long visit to LJMU, Professor Johnson also observed a variety of classes on the English programme, as well as leading a poetry masterclass for final-year Creative Writing students. He gave a paper on the Site Visits project to the Research Centre of Literature and Cultural History.

LJMU English and Creative Writing are exploring a range of exciting opportunities for our students with Southern Connecticut State University. We’ll both be welcoming Study Abroad students from our sister institutions next year, and are working towards a programme of staff exchanges that will give all our students the chance of an international study experience, even while they stay at home.

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