SCSU’s Professor Brian Johnson gives Poetry Reading at LJMU

SCSU’s Professor Brian Johnson gives Poetry Reading at LJMU

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. 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...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Southern’s English Programme

Study Abroad at SCSU: Southern’s English Programme

What (and how) will you be studying on Southern Connecticut State University's English modules? Rupert French investigates... During our time at Southern we were fortunate enough to meet up with several Professors of the English department, who helped us understand the differences in their learning strategies for students. Professor Charles Baraw teaches a module on comic books, 'Comics and the American Experience'. He gets his students to learn how to read comics differently from standard fiction. As well as studying from a diverse set of texts such as Maus (and hopefully We:3, all about the Grant Morrison love), certain classes also learn how to create their own storyboards based around topics of their choice. Professor Melissa Talhelm teaches a module titled 'Lyrics as Literature' that looks at lyric composition as a form, but is primarily a creative writing course. Professor Talhelm is also a singer-songwriter and a Richard Thompson fan. You should definitely, definitely take these classes if they're on offer when you arrive. What becomes apparent through...
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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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LJMU To Host Conference on Malcolm Lowry

LJMU To Host Conference on Malcolm Lowry

2017 marks the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Malcolm Lowry’s great modernist novel Under the Volcano, and the sixtieth anniversary of Lowry’s death. From 28th to 29th July 2017, LJMU's Creative Writing department will host a two-day international conference that will explore the legacy of Lowry’s work, his literary status today and his ongoing role as source of inspiration to creative writers and artists across various disciplines. Confirmed speakers so far include colleagues from universities in Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States. The conference takes place in Liverpool, across the Mersey from Lowry’s birthplace on the Wirral. Since 2009, Bluecoat (Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre) has worked with the Firminists, an informal collective of Lowry enthusiasts and academics, to stage an annual ‘Lowry Lounge’ to celebrate the writer in the place of his birth. This programme has included guided walks, film screenings, talks and discussions, archival displays, music and other creative responses to Lowry, and book launches of the...
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LJMU Writers’ Workshop presents Robert MacFarlane at Tate Liverpool

LJMU Writers’ Workshop presents Robert MacFarlane at Tate Liverpool

We’re excited that the LJMU Writers’ Workshop, run by our colleagues in Creative Writing, has invited Robert Macfarlane to come and speak at Tate Liverpool on Thursday 16 June. Macfarlane is best known for three widely acclaimed and beautifully written books that he describes as a ‘loose trilogy of books about landscape and the human heart’: Mountains of the Mind (2003), The Wild Places (2007) and The Old Ways (2012). These books are all about the human need to encounter the wildness of nature – whether it is by climbing a mountain or shinning up a tree in a suburban park. Macfarlane sees these encounters with wildness as an antidote to what he calls, in The Wild Places, our ‘retreat from the real … a prising away of life from place, an abstraction of experience into different kinds of touchlessness’. His most recent book is Landmarks (2015), an exploration of how the words we use to describe the natural world can help to reconnect us with it, and which he describes as ‘a glossary of enchantment...
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