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Department of English Studies

Event Reviews and Reports

Reviews and reports about events organised by or featuring members of the Department of English Studies. These reviews are published for a wide audience via READ: Research in English At Durham.

The Huge Power of a Tiny Book

Even great writers start from small beginnings. Eleanor Scorah reports on an encounter with a minuscule book, during Durham's Literary Juvenilia conference, which enticingly hints at the author who we would subsequently know and cherish as Charlotte Brontë. This is kindly cross-posted from Eleanor's blog, Object. This week I attended a talk called ‘The Brontë juvenilia, editing,...... Continue Reading →

(10 Jul 2018) » The Huge Power of a Tiny Book


Universal and Eternal: Review of Discovering Dante at Durham Book Festival

Dante may have lived 700 years ago, but the epic poem he wrote, The Divine Comedy, lives on through later writers. Three speakers with expertise ranging from Romantic poetry to world literature to modern writing were able to demonstrate the range of Dante's influence at a Durham Book Festival talk. Lucia Scigliano-Suarez reviews. In his fictional journey...... Continue Reading →

(2 Nov 2017) » Universal and Eternal: Review of Discovering Dante at Durham Book Festival


Bringing Out What Is Good: Review of Outsiders at Durham Book Festival

Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Olive Schreiner. These five female authors defied social expectations and, according to Lyndall Gordon in her new book Outsiders, they "changed the world". Lyndall Gordon joined Professor Claire Harman at Durham Book Festival to discuss her work. Lucia Scigliano-Suarez reviews. Relying on her own upbringing in...... Continue Reading →

(1 Nov 2017) » Bringing Out What Is Good: Review of Outsiders at Durham Book Festival


A Living Library: Review of Discovering Dante, at Durham Book Festival

Dante's Divine Comedy tracks his journey from hell to heaven - but Dante has now arrived at a new destination in Durham, partly through a forthcoming exhibition at Palace Green Library, and also through a Durham Book Festival event on Discovering Dante, which explored the poet’s enduring influence on today’s art, literature, and culture around the world. Aalia...... Continue Reading →

(31 Oct 2017) » A Living Library: Review of Discovering Dante, at Durham Book Festival


Rich Seams: Review of the Northern Poetry Gala at Durham Book Festival

Defining the North is an always-provocative challenge, but poetry - with its attention to language and voice - provides a fine form through which to explore and celebrate the region's identity. This was one idea behind the Northern Poetry Gala at Durham Book Festival, which brought together several of the North's newest and exciting writers....... Continue Reading →

(18 Oct 2017) » Rich Seams: Review of the Northern Poetry Gala at Durham Book Festival


Taking off the Stabilisers: Review of Robert Webb at Durham Book Festival

The comedian Robert Webb has received great acclaim for his book How Not to Be a Boy, which tackles important questions about gender and male identity in the twenty-first century. Martin Gleghorn welcomes his refreshingly comic but poignant approach at Durham Book Festival.  Taking to the stage appropriately enough on World Mental Health Day, Robert Webb’s...... Continue Reading →

(12 Oct 2017) » Taking off the Stabilisers: Review of Robert Webb at Durham Book Festival


Brexit and the Democratic Intellect

The debate surrounding Britain's vote to leave the European Union exposed, among other things, a suspicion of 'experts.' How did intellectuals become alienated figures? And how might citizens and academics come together in order to better understand the attitudes and experiences of the other? Simon Grimble introduces Brexit and the Democratic Intellect, a collection of essays and poems derived from discussions at a...... Continue Reading →

(16 May 2017) » Brexit and the Democratic Intellect


Report on Caribbean and Diasporic Culture, Creativity and Research

Dr Jennifer Terry reports on a recent symposium that explored practice-led research in relation to Caribbean and diasporic culture. On Weds 19 October 2016 ‘Caribbean and Diasporic Culture, Creativity and Research’ took place at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. Co-organised by Jennifer Terry (English Studies and CVAC, Durham) and Laura Fish (Creative Writing, Northumbria), this...... Continue Reading →

(9 Nov 2016) » Report on Caribbean and Diasporic Culture, Creativity and Research


Language in its Given State: Review of Sinéad Morrissey at Durham Book Festival

The Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey was this year's Durham Book Festival laureate, sharing her work with the public and students, and writing a new poem inspired by her time in Durham. In her final reading of the Festival, Morrissey's selection of poems saw her take on different voices, from Sherlock Holmes to a character in Vanity Fair to her...... Continue Reading →

(20 Oct 2015) » Language in its Given State: Review of Sinéad Morrissey at Durham Book Festival


Citations of the Fantastic: Exploring Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights at Durham Book Festival

Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy has sold over 15 million copies worldwide - and a further 3000 copies of the first novel, Northern Lights, were distributed free for Durham's 'big read.' The broad appeal of this work stems not only from its fantastic plot, but also from its deep allusions to historical, literary, and biblical culture. Lois Burke traced the influences...... Continue Reading →

(19 Oct 2015) » Citations of the Fantastic: Exploring Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights at Durham Book Festival


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