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Durham University

Department of English Studies

June 2014 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

PhD researchers gain lecturing experience

Several of our current PhD students had the opportunity to deliver lectures to undergraduates ahead of their exams.

The annual Easter Lectures Day sees postgraduates devise and deliver lectures that complement key undergraduate modules, in order to give students a fresh perspective as they revise.

Lecturers are supported by the Durham Doctoral Training Programme, which includes development for teaching. The lectures are recorded, and will shortly be podcasted via READ

PhD students will also have a chance to deliver public lectures later in the year, at our very popularLate Summer Lectures series.

MA students celebrate their creative writing

Students from this year's MA modules in Writing Prose Fiction and Writing Poetry read from their works at a celebratory evening in Durham's Alington House. Staff and students performed alongside each other, with a special guest poet also putting in an appearance. 

As well as formal teaching on these two MA modules, the Department offers lots of support for aspiring creative writers at all levels. There are popular Open Mic nights run by the Centre for Poetry and Poetics, workshops run in concordance with Durham Book Festival, and student-edited publications such asThe Bubble.

For more about our work in creative writing, see our creative writing webpages.

People news

PhD researcher Laura McKenzie will be packing her bags and heading off to the United States this summer, having won a prestigious AHRC fellowship.

Laura will spend three months in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin, which is renowned for its unique literary collections.

Laura’s research is centred on the English author and poet Robert Graves, and particularly his experience of “shell shock” after serving in World War I. During her time at the Center, Laura will have access to a number of exclusive items which once belonged to Robert Graves, including several containers of letters he wrote immediately after World War I.

MA reading lists

If you are applying to take a taught MA, you will receive an email within the next few weeks containing your reading lists for your chosen modules. If you have not received your reading list within the next three weeks, or you have any other enquiries, please contact Marie Caygill

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