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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.

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 […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(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. […]

(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 […]

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


Disinformation: Review of Frances Leviston at Durham Book Festival

In the era of the internet, knowledge is only the touch of a button away – but at the same time we are surrounded by untruths, spin and manipulations that make it […]

(15 Oct 2015) » Disinformation: Review of Frances Leviston at Durham Book Festival


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