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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter July 2016

Drama on the streets of Durham

The historic centre of Durham came alive with medieval street theatre recently, during theTheatrum Mundi festival.

Organised by the team on our Records of Early English Drama North East project, Theatrum Mundi saw various public performances take place throughout the city. These included the modern premiere of the oldest play written in Britain, a contemporary reinterpretation of a medieval mystery play, and a prowling stage dragon.

The Festival was headlined by The Sacred and the Profane, a kaleidoscope of historic dance, drama and costume.

Several of our postgraduate students were involved in the Festival, either as performers or as helpers. They did tasks from manning book stalls to gathering feedback from members of the public - and even acting the part of "ships" in a mumming.

Come along to our postgraduate public lecture series

If you are in Durham this August and September, make sure you come along to our free Late Summer Lectures series.

Now in its sixth year, Late Summer Lectures is organised by a group of our postgraduate students. It enables early-career researchers in English literature to showcase their discoveries to a wide public audience.

This year's programme includes talks on the apocalyptic imagination, sex and death at the seaside, and North Eastern folk tales. The series begins on 19th August and continues weekly until 5th October.

For an idea of what to expect, check out our podcasts from previous lecture series.

Brexit and EU students

The United Kingdom recently voted to leave the European Union.

If you are an EU applicant, the University would like to reassure you about the fees regime that will apply to you during your planned programme of studies. EU students entering in 2016, 2017 and 2018 will continue to pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.

No significant changes will take place within the next two years, during which time EU laws will continue to apply in the UK.

Follow the University website for further updates about the impact of the referendum.

Our MA diarists

Throughout the year our three MA diarists - Anna Curry, Hannah Piercy and Ida Marie Halvorsen - have been reflecting on their experiences as they work through our taught MA programmes.

Their diary entries have seen them move from beginning their studies at Durham, and settling in with new friends and courses, to embarking on their own independent research projects with their MA dissertations.

To get a personal perspective on what MA study is like, read all three diaries over at our website.