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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Texts and Contexts: Writing and Editing Poems, Manuscripts, Letters, and Articles

17th September 2015, 10:00 to 18th September 2015, 19:00, St John's College

Texts and Contexts is aimed at both English Studies and Creative Writing PhD students from the three Northern Bridge universities (Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast, Newcastle University).

The purpose of the event is to introduce you to the contexts in which your academic or creative work may be edited, published, disseminated and received. Although there will be something of a poetry focus throughout, it will also be of interest to non-poetry-specialists. Leading academics (including Prof. Hugh Haughton, Dr Ruth Connolly, and Prof. Michael O’Neill) will be joined by editors of academic journals (such as Jonathon Shears) and the editors of poetry lists (including Michael Schmidt from Carcanet and Deryn Rees-Jones from Pavilion) and magazines (including Don Share from Poetry and Sasha Dugdale from Modern Poetry in Translation).

The event will include a special workshop, led by Publishing Consultant Josephine Dixon, specifically for final-year PhD students (or those who are about to begin their final year). 


College accommodation and meals will be provided, and there is no attendance fee. We are able to offer up to 15 travel bursaries of up to £100 each for Queen’s University Belfast students (depending on demand). 

All PhD students from Northern Bridge universities are welcome to attend: this is not for AHRC-funded students only! 

Places for this workshop are limited, so if you would like to attend, please register.


Day One: 17th September

10.30 Panel one: Manuscript work

  • Ruth Connolly (on seventeenth-century poets)
  • Don Share (on Basil Bunting)

11.15 COFFEE

11.30 Roundtable One: Magazine / Journals

  • Don Share (Editor, Poetry)
  • Michael Schmidt (Editor, P.N. Review)
  • Joanna Biggs (Assistant Editor, LRB)
  • Sasha Dugdale (Editor, MPT)

1.00 LUNCH

2.00 Panel two: Poets’ prose

  • Michael O’Neill (on P.B. Shelley)
  • Vidyan Ravinthiran (on Elizabeth Bishop)


3.10 Roundtable Two: Poetry presses

  • Michael Schmidt (Editor, Carcanet)
  • Tony Ward
  • Deryn Rees-Jones (Editor, Pavilion)


4.45 Panel three: T.S. Eliot

  • Hugh Haughton (on T.S. Eliot’s letters)
  • Jason Harding (on T.S. Eliot’s prose) 

5.30 END


8.00 Poetry reading: Don Share, Sasha Dugdale, Michael O’Neill, Deryn Rees-Jones

Day Two: 18th September

9.30 Panel four: Reviewing / Peer-reviewing

  • Paul Batchelor
  • Jonathon Shears

10.10 COFFEE

10.30 Roundtable Three: Academic Journal Editors

  • Josephine Dixon
  • Michelle Houston
  • Jonathon Shears
  • Peter Garratt

12.00 LUNCH

1.00 Workshop with Josephine Dixon

6.00 ENDS

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