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Open Lectures

English is a restless, creative, and imaginative subject. The English department’s open lectures will give your pupils a taster of university life while introducing them to concepts, texts, and questions that will support them in their studies, whether at Key Stage 3, GCSE, or A-level. Please contact Will May ( if you would like to book place at any of these lectures.

What is satire?

Tuesday November 21st, 5-6, Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus

Literature is not only here to console: poetic satire creates controversy. Is it a necessary response to vice and injustice, or just a vehicle for slander or settling personal scores? Come to a lecture by Dr Jakub Boguszak and find out, and learn about satires by John Donne, Thomas Hardy, and W.H. Auden. 

What is a confession?

Monday December 4th, 4-5, Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus

When we use ‘I’ in our writing, what does it mean? If you are making an argument in an essay, does putting yourself in it make your argument stronger? Confessing has religious associations, but is there a secular way of presenting ourselves? Join Dr Devorah Baum  to find out the answers.

What is an allusion?

Tuesday 5th December, 5-6, Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus

All poems are also conversations with other, but how can we learn to hear what they are saying? Join Dr Will May to learn about allusion, and how it can transform the way you read and write poetry.

How do you write about the sea?

Monday 11th December 4-5, Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus

The sea is the focus of wonder and awe, ecstasy and fear, play and horror. We walk the beach, swim or sail on the water it; may be our last common interaction with the wild. Join author Philip Hoare to discover how three writers from different times have met the challenge of writing about it.

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