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Durham University

Department of English Studies

November 2012 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Inventions of the Text 2012-13

Inventions of the Text is a fortnightly staff-student seminar series in the Department of English Studies. Run by postgraduate students, it provides an opportunity for students and staff to share research and to contribute to lively debate.

Speakers at the seminars include both academics at other universities, and academics and postgraduate students from within Durham.

This term, speakers included Nicoletta Asciuto and Amy Finch (current Durham postgraduates) on Irish writing in Japan, Dr Jamie McKinstry (a recent Durham PhD graduate) on medieval medicine, and Professor Elizabeth Archibald (Durham) on medieval law and literature.

Details of forthcoming seminars are updated on the Inventions of the Text blog.

Durham Book Festival

October 2012 saw the annual Durham Book Festival, the largest celebration of books and literature in Northeast England.

Authors featured at the Festival included Pat Barker, Cressida Cowell, Carol Ann Duffy, PD James, Ben Miller, Kate Mosse, Roger McGough, Ian Rankin, Nick Robinson and Jack Straw.

The Department is a key partner with the Durham Book Festival. In particular, it organises the Festival's Poet Laureate. This year, the award-winning Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison came to Durham to present new work, including a poem written specially for the festival. She also met with Durham students to explore the "Poems that Made Me." 

Other events with which the Department was involved included Professor Simon James discussing theVictorian city with Judith Flanders, and our own poets Dr Gareth Reeves and John Clegg (a  current PhD student) reading from their work as part of a celebration of northern poetry.

Postgraduate students are able to attend all Durham Book Festival events, enjoying concessionary or even free entry. They are also invited to volunteer as Festival helpers, which provides an opportunity to network with leading authors and members of the public.

Postgraduate Successes

English postgraduates will be celebrating the successful completion of their degrees at Durham's winter congregation (graduation) ceremonies in the Cathedral this January.

Along with many MA graduates from the 2011-12 academic year, there will be several research students receiving their doctorates, including Matthew Hayward, Jamie McKinstry, Jahnavi Misra, Matthias Mosch and Emily Ridge.

We look forward to celebrating your own success once you follow in their footsteps as a Durham MA or PhD student.

English Studies on Social Media

These newsletters from the Department will be sent to you every couple of months until you start your studies.

In between newsletters, you can keep track of all the Department's research activities, publications and events by following our blog: Research in English At Durham.

Here you will find podcasts featuring interviews and lectures from our academics, a monthly newsletter listing all literature-related events happening in our region, and regular blog postings with research-led insights.

The Department also has its own Twitter feed and Facebook page, keeping you in touch with current research news and events.

Feel free to follow us online before you arrive in person next year!