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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.

How do novelists devise their plots?

Tuesday 20th November, 4-5 Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus

What is the relationship between character, chance and circumstance in the Victorian novel? Join Dr Mary Hammond who will explore how Dickens' novel 'Oliver Twist' (1839) can help us answer this question.

What is an allusion?

Thursday 6th December, 12-1, 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.

What is a confession?

Monday 10th December, 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.

How do you write about the sea?

Monday 10th December 5-6, 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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