Masters of Deceit: Introducing #SparkQuoteoftheWeek

Before she became a novelist, Muriel Spark worked for the secret wartime agency, the Political Warfare Executive. In a new #SparkQuoteoftheWeek series, doctoral researcher Beatriz Lopez selects quotes that show how forgery, blackmail, technological surveillance and postal censorship permeate her subsequent fiction. The first #SparkQuoteoftheWeek, from her 1959 novel Memento Mori, aptly summarises that Spark’s... Continue Reading →

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UniSlam Poetry Success

UNISLAM is the UK’s largest poetry slam tournament and poetry summit. Durham University's Poetry Society sent a team to the national competition earlier this month, where they placed third overall, with English Studies undergraduate Prerana Kumar winning the individual Verve Prize for her individual poetry. Over on the University's student blog, Kym Deyn discusses the... Continue Reading →

Muriel Spark, Propaganda and Plausibility

Today, 1st February, is Muriel Spark's birthday. To commemorate, Beatriz Lopez has been uncovering a less well-known side to the novelist in the form of her wartime service in the Political Warfare Executive, the secret organisation created by Britain during the Second World War with the mission of spreading propaganda to the enemy. In her novel Loitering... Continue Reading →

A Conversation with John Milton

Before Fernando Martinez-Periset first encountered John Milton, he had been told by a teacher that this man would change his life. With the recent publication of Fernando’s article on Milton in Postgraduate English, it turns out that teacher was right. When I first began studying John Milton, I was sceptical. I thought that the complexity... Continue Reading →

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