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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter September 2016

Check out Durham Book Festival this October

Durham Book Festival is an annual celebration of literature and culture. This year's Festival runs from 6th to 16th October, so make a date to experience Durham's cultural life as you begin your studies.

On the programme are writers such as Pat Barker, Anthony Horowitz, John Sutherland, Helen Mort and many more. There will be debates with authors about topics ranging from race in Britain to life in the North East, as well as poetry readings, film screenings and interviews.

The Department of English works closely with the Book Festival each year to contribute to a number of events. For more information see our READ blog. You can also volunteer to help out, and get the opportunity to network with authors and attend events for free.

Your induction programme for October 2016

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

For MA students, one key date for your diary is the Departmental welcome on 4th October, 9.30 in Elvet Riverside 145. There will be various other Departmental events on 6th, 7th and 21st October.

For PhD students, the Arts and Humanities postgraduate researcher inducation event runs on 3rd October, 9.15 to 12.00, in the Kingsley Barrett Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Departmental induction of Postgraduate Research Students will take place at 14.15 in the Seminar Room in Hallgarth House on 5th October.

You can find all events via your personal Induction Planner. MA students might also want to visit our MA Freshers' pages.

Join us at Late Summer Lectures

Once you arrive in Durham, make a date to come to one of our free Late Summer Lectures running each Wednesday at 17.30 until 5th October.

Late Summer Lectures is organised by a group of our postgraduate students, and it enables early-career researchers to share their projects with a wide public audience. It's a great opportunity to get a sense of the range of research conducted in the Department, and to meet new friends and colleagues.

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