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Durham University

Department of English Studies

September 2013 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Public lectures by postgraduates

The Late Summer Lectures series is an outreach project now running for its fourth year over the summer vacation. This set of eight lectures makes research from PhD students available to members of the general public.

Each lecture is given twice, in Newcastle and Durham, to a wide-ranging audience.

This year, topics include 1960s counter-culture in Newcastle, vampires and cannibals, HP Lovecraft, and mediaeval monkeys.

The lectures continue until 2nd October (see programme). Podcasts of past lectures are available to download via our Research in English At Durham (READ) blog.

Modernism conferences

Over the Summer, the Department has hosted three international conferences on Modernism, highlighting its global standing in the field. Postgraduate students helped organise and run all three conferences, as well as presenting papers at them:

Conference reports are available on READ, as is a podcast conversation on the topic When is Modernism? recorded with three of the conference organisers.

Modernism is just one of the Department's research specialisms. It has many other research groups including Romantic Dialogues and LegaciesMedieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Centre for Poetry and Poetics.

Durham University People

The Department is pleased to welcome its new lecturer in creative writing, the novelist Dan Vyleta.

Dan's debut novel, Pavel & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, The Quiet Twin, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Fiction Prize, one of Canada’s most eminent literary prizes. His third novel The Crooked Maid, has become a bestseller in Canada and will be out in the UK in January 2014.

Dan will be teaching on the new MA module Writing Prose Fiction, starting in October 2013.

Postgraduate Inductions

If you are a postgraduate beginning your studies this October, you will find a range of University-wide and Departmental induction events to help you settle in.

Taught MA students

All information about induction is available on our Freshers' welcome page. Induction events for international students take place from 25th September, whilst for UK students induction events run from 30th September to 4th October. Please ensure that you read these details before arriving in Durham.

Research students

Details of induction within the Department of English Studies will be circulated shortly. There is aFaculty of Arts induction session on 30th September, 9.45-12.00, in the Calman Learning Centre 407.

You should also ensure that you enrol online as early as possible.

No longer joining us at Durham?

If you are still receiving this newsletter but no longer intend to take up a place at Durham in 2013, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing