Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature

By Mesha Pope

3rd year student

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The School of English recently held a careers day which hosted fourteen guest speakers, each with a different angle on life after university. The speakers had mostly taken different paths, and had individual journeys to gain experience, knowledge and a true feeling of what they really wanted to do as a career. There was a combination of creatives, professionals, ex-students along with a couple of curve-balls!

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Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature

Wordsmith

Siobhan Coleman

Recent Graduate, School of English, 2017

The School of English newspaper is a student run project that gives all our students the opportunity to get involved with both editing and writing. Having the choice to do both allows the students to develop their skills in areas that they may want to pursue as a career. Wordsmith is printed as a physical copy, meaning the School has an easily accessible way to get information regarding events and activities that take place throughout the School and the University. Our hard working students get a sense of pride in having their work displayed.

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Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature

by Mesha Pope

3rd year BA (Hons) English student

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“I hide them in bowls under the bed. Packets of Marks and Spencer’s crisps, Kettle Chips… Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, they’re the best ones.”

Uplifted. Nostalgic. Heartbroken.

Just three of the varied emotions I felt whilst watching the wonderful Maria Ferguson. Fat Girls Don’t Dance was both hilarious and heart-warming in equal measure. She describes herself as being a ‘chubby kid’ and so her work exposes her continued struggle with food and how this affected her as an up and coming performer.

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Drama, English, Language, Literature

Siobhan Coleman

Recent Graduate, School of English, 2017

twelfth night

Last night I got the fantastic opportunity to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of the Twelfth Night. The theatre is located in the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Home to the famous Anne Hathaway’s 500 year old cottage, and the gorgeous riverside, I really wish I had more time to explore the heritage of this town and all the stunning architecture. However, with the limited time we had, we explored in the best way possible, by visiting the local Wetherspoons!  We then proceeded to marvel at all the Shakespearian themed goodies in the theatre’s shop. This was a treat for any English student, a whole shop dedicated to the legendary writer!

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Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature, Welcome

Hello and welcome to the School of English blog! My name is Dr Robert Lawson and I’m the Course Director for the School of English at Birmingham City University. I’m responsible for the undergraduate programme of studies in English, which includes not just looking after students’ academic progression, but also their pastoral and professional development.

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