Durham Miners and Wartime Propaganda

This weekend is Durham Miner's Gala, the annual celebration of the region's coal mining heritage. Ahead of the march, Dr Guy Woodward, researcher on the Political Warfare Executive project, has been digging in the archives to discover how Durham miners were depicted in wartime propaganda. While it is well known that the North East's miners... Continue Reading →


Why Wordsworth’s Excursion deserves to be included among his finest poems

The Excursion (1814) is not Wordsworth's most famous work, yet it has recently become a renewed subject of interest for scholars. Drawing on her recently published research in Postgraduate English, Pauline Hortolland explains why this unusual poem should be returned to the centre of Wordsworth’s writing and his relationship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The foremost... Continue Reading →

Muriel Spark’s Mythologisers

In an age of 'fake news', we know that stories that begin as myths and fabrications can end up becoming taken as fact and truth. But 'fake news' precedes the age of Donald Trump and social media - and indeed warnings about its dangerous effects can be found throughout post-war literature. Muriel Spark's fiction offers... Continue Reading →

Romanticism and the Uncharitable Quip

With their epic poems and philosophical themes, Romantic writers are hardly associated with the lighter side of life. However, ahead of a forthcoming conference on Humour and Satire in British Romanticism that suggests that humour should be put back on the menu, Daniel Norman serves up a joke from an auspicious dinner party. It’s often... Continue Reading →

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