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2004, 2017

To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

By |April 20th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

by Professor David Roberts, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University

Playwrights and actors trade in illusion. They draw you into thinking that pretence is the real thing. If they’re like Shakespeare, they also love reminding you that acting really is only pretending, and that it’s not only actors […]

609, 2016

Victoria, the Victorians and us

By |September 6th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Victoria, the Victorians and us

By Serena Trowbridge, Lecturer in English Literature 

2303, 2016

My charity trek across Vietnam

By |March 23rd, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on My charity trek across Vietnam

Kate Thomas, Research Fellow at Birmingham City University

Academic Kate Thomas has recently been using her poetic skills to help build a better future for some of the world’s poorest children, through a ‘Poems On Demand’ service that gives people the chance to commission a bespoke poem in return for a donation to support the work of […]

1310, 2015

Bleakness, buffering and the Man Booker prize

By |October 13th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off on Bleakness, buffering and the Man Booker prize

The winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, literature’s most famous accolade, is set to be announced. MA Creative Writing student John Hunter caught up with two of the shortlisted authors at the launch of Birmingham Literature Festival …

Tom McCarthy and I were chatting on the mezzanine floor of the REP Theatre, both there for the opening […]

1812, 2014

A ‘highly satisfying’ research assessment

By |December 18th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on A ‘highly satisfying’ research assessment

Andrew Kehoe (Director of Research in the School of English and REF2014 Unit of Assessment 29 Leader) talks about the Research Excellence Framework results and what they mean to the School of English.

In REF 2014 77% of research in the School of English was rated as either ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world-leading’ (4*). This is a highly […]

110, 2013

National Poetry Day 2013

By |October 1st, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on National Poetry Day 2013

Dr Gregory Leadbetter, Director of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University.

‘“What is the use or function of poetry nowadays?” is a question not the less poignant for being defiantly asked by so many stupid people or apologetically answered by so many silly people’. So wrote Robert Graves, as far back as the […]

2108, 2013

What is the value of an English degree?

By |August 21st, 2013|Here to Help!|Comments Off on What is the value of an English degree?

Dr Serena Trowbridge, Lecturer in English at Birmingham City University

The School of English has an established and growing research profile and offers a variety of English courses for all interests. Students have access to excellent learning facilities and the School of English is well-known for the high quality of its teaching.

To check for English courses […]

2801, 2013

National Storytelling Week 2013

By |January 28th, 2013|In The News|1 Comment

National Storytelling Week 2013 runs from 26th January until 2nd February.

Dr Gregory Leadbetter, Director of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University, discusses the power of storytelling.

Good stories extend who we are. They educate our feelings, bring us pleasure, knowledge, and even wisdom. Despite this, in a world full of distractions […]

2401, 2013

Transfer Windows and Giant Killers

By |January 24th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Transfer Windows and Giant Killers

Professor David Roberts, Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English at Birmingham City University, likens a predicted rise in academic research submissions to football tactics.

The transfer window is open. Ahead of the deadline, highly paid talent is being traded between the big boys. You might look to bring in two or […]

1601, 2013

e-books and p-books

By |January 16th, 2013|Opinion|1 Comment

By Professor David Roberts, Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English at Birmingham City University, discusses the exciting moment of text history we’re in with electronic and paper books.

It’s a great case of orthographic sabotage. Such was the giddy rise of the e-book that someone somewhere decided it wasn’t right to […]