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.
Secrets and Lies
A Durham Book Festival event, chaired by Dr James Smith.
Join two of the North East’s most acclaimed writers, Richard T Kelly and Sean O’Brien, as they read from and discuss their new novels.
Richard T Kelly’s The Knives makes riveting drama out of the big political arguments of our time. An ex-soldier from a modest background, Home Secretary David Blaylock has a life story that the public respects. Privately though, he carries pain and remorse. A solitary figure in a high-pressure world, Blaylock is never sure whom he can trust. Constantly in his mind is the danger of an attack on Britain’s streets.
Sean O’Brien’s Once Assembled Here Againoffers a dramatic evocation of time, place and a community closing ranks to conceal the truth. Stephen Maxwell has retired from a lifetime spent teaching history at his alma mater. As he writes the official history of Blake’s, a minor public school steeped in military tradition, he also reveals how, 40 years ago, a secret conflict dating from the Second World War re-enacted itself among staff and pupils, when fascism once more made its presence felt, with violent results.
Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies
We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Find out more on our Events page.
Many of our public lectures, seminars and conferences are recorded, and can be listened to as podcasts.
- 20th January 2021
- Sensory Experiments in Nineteenth-Century Literature
- Online (Zoom)
- Dr Erica Fretwell (University of Albany) and Dr Shannon Draucker (Siena College)