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Durham University

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Literary expert honoured

(21 April 2020)

One of our leading academics has been honoured for his contribution to the promotion of English literature.

Professor Simon James has been made a Fellow of the English Association.

The English Association furthers the knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the English language and its literature and fosters good practice in teaching and learning.

The Fellowship recognises those who have significantly enriched and promoted English in all fields, including creative, academic and educational.

Expertise and exhibitions

An expert in the literary culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth century periods, especially late-Victorian and Edwardian fiction, Simon has co-curated exhibitions at Palace Green Library including Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there, and Books for Boys: Heroism, Adventure & Empire at the Dawn of the First World War.

Simon also led the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education, a partnership between Arts Council England and Durham University, to identify ways in which creativity and creative thinking could play a larger part in the lives of young people, within and beyond the current education system.

Simon joins over 350 other Fellows, including writers, educationalists, librarians, journalists, critics, and editors.

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