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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter September 2017

Durham Book Festival

If you're starting with us in October, make a date for Durham Book Festival from 7th-15th.

Featuring a dazzling array of leading novelists, poets, and thinkers - from Alan Hollinghurst to Andrew McMillan - this is a real highlight of Durham's cultural calendar.

The Department of English works closely with the Book Festival to contribute to a number of events. You can also volunteer to help out, and get the opportunity to network with authors and attend events for free.

The legacies of Horace Walpole

Letter-writer, novelist, architect, designer, politician. The eighteenth-century author Horace Walpole was a man who worked in a unique array of fields, and whose influence can be found everywhere from the design of gardens to the development of gothic fiction.

A series of lectures organised by Professor Fiona Robertson will mark 300 years since his birth. Commencing on 10th October, The Legacies of Walpole will take you on a tour of eighteenth-century culture via this fascinating figure.

Do come along once you arrive in Durham. A full events listing is here.

Chutian Xiao Translates Sonnets

One of our PhD students is celebrating the publication of his first collection of poems, which reflects a unique blending of Chinese and English influences.

Although Chutian Xiao wrote in Chinese, his work experimented with translating the form of the English sonnet into a Chinese version. Chutian began studying on our MA Creative Writing, before continuing to research for a PhD looking at T.S. Eliot and Buddhism.

Read about how studying English at Durham University inspired him to write a unique and innovative collection in Chinese.