Celebrate World Poetry Day with these essays on poetry across cultures

Happy World Poetry Day 2017! World Poetry Day is led by UNESCO, in recognition of the way in which poetry "reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings." To celebrate, here are three free essays published by our researchers over the past year that expose... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Celebrating the Brontës

Celebrate the literature and legacy of the Brontë sisters in this podcast, recorded around the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë's birth, which features readings from and commentaries on their ground-breaking, powerful, and influential novels.  Works featured include Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Villette alongside the poetry and prose of her sisters, Emily and Anne Brontë. The readings also reflect... Continue Reading →

Celebrating the Brontes (Reading, 7th March)

Mark International Women's Day 2016 with a free reading to celebrate the life and work of some of the most inspirational women in literature. Come along on 7th March 2016, 18:30, in St Chad's College Chapel.  This event will celebrate the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, with readings from and commentaries on her ground-breaking, powerful, and influential novels.... Continue Reading →

Ghostly Readings, Reading Ghosts (22nd February)

Join us - if you dare - for a free evening of Ghostly Readings, at the Wolfson Exhibition Hall, Palace Green Library, from 18.15 on 22nd February. Refreshments will be provided. All welcome. Readings (of the literary rather than séance variety) will be conducted by Paul Bachelor, Michael O'Neill, Vidyan Ravinthiran, and Stephen Regan. Held in conjunction with the... Continue Reading →

‘Stories Somehow Lengthen’: Narrative and Play in Beppo and The Witch of Atlas (Seminar, 4th November)

Join Professor Michael O'Neill for the inaugural Inventions of the Text seminar of 2015, in which he will look at Byron's long poem, Beppo and Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Witch of Atlas. All postgraduates and staff from relevant departments around the UK are welcome to attend. The seminar begins at 17:30 on 4th November, in the Department of English... Continue Reading →

The Persistence of Beauty: Victorians to Moderns

Is beauty an enduring quality of great art and literature? Or is the perception of something as beautiful merely a subjective response? A new collection of essays, edited by Michael O'Neill, Mark Sandy and Sarah Wootton, examines the cultural, literary, philosophical and historical representation of beauty in British, Irish and American literature. By examining a range... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Percy Bysshe Shelley

[MP3 version; Image: Percy Bysshe Shelley, by Amelia Curran. oil on canvas, 1819. NPG 1234. © National Portrait Gallery, London.] Poet and literary critic Michael O’Neill explores love, hope, and imagination in the life and work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, creator of some of the world’s greatest lyrical poetry, before the revolutionary Romantic’s tragic early death. This podcast was recorded at... Continue Reading →

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