Other events and conferences

Adrian  Mole's 50th Birthday Celebrations

2nd April, 2017, University of Leicester, 10.30 am to 5.45 pm

In 1982 Leicester-born Sue Townsend took the publishing world by storm with her first book, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾. Across 8 instalments published over 27 years, Adrian’s diarised exploits became deeply embedded within the national consciousness. Adrian, in Townsend’s own words, became the ‘voice of England’ commenting on contemporary issues such as Thatcherism, the rise of New Labour, and the Iraq War. His teenage exploits, described in Secret Diary and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, defined a generation and made Townsend the best-selling author of the 1980s.

Join friends, family, and collaborators of Sue Townsend including Colin Broadway, Caroline Holden, Carole Hayman, John Tydeman, Geoffrey Strachan and Bali Rai as we celebrate the life and work of one of Leicester’s greatest and best-loved writers. The day will also showcase new creative writing inspired by Mole, including specially commissioned short monologues by midlands writers and work by local school children.

All events are free, but advanced booking is required. To reserve your place please visit the Adrian Mole's 50th Birthday Celebrations Eventbright page.

Prisons and Prison Writing in Early Modern Britain

A Regional Day Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, organized in association with the University of Bedfordshire, Keele University, and Northumbria University

Northumbria University, Newcastle, Monday 10 April 2017

John Bunyan is famous as a ‘prisoner of conscience’, and The Pilgrim’s Progress was written during his twelve-year incarceration in Bedford jail. The early modern period saw a dramatic increase in the prison population, and prison writing emerged as a major cultural form. The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the experience of imprisonment and some of the diverse writings that emerged from prisons during the early modern period. Papers may focus on, for example, prisons and penal law; the physical conditions of prison life; the literary effects of imprisonment; the purposes of writings from prison; specific prison writers and writings.

Attendance is free of charge, but prior registration is essential as numbers are limited. The conference opens at 10.00am, and ends at 5.00pm. Morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch will be provided, costing £10 payable on the day. To register, please email david5.walker@northumbria.ac.uk, r.c.adcock@keele.ac.uk and bob.owens@beds.ac.uk giving details of name; title; affiliation; postal and email addresses; and any dietary requirements.

Edward Thomas Centenary Conference 2017

Cardiff University, 19-21 April 2017

On April 19th-21st, 2017, we will mark the centenary of the death of the poet and nature writer Edward Thomas, who was killed in the Battle of Arras at Easter 1917, with a major conference at Cardiff University, where an important collection of Thomas’s manuscript materials and letters are held at SCOLAR. Confirmed plenary speakers at the conference include: Professor Edna Longley and Professor Lucy Newlyn. With the preparation of a major edition of his prose and with his acknowledged centrality to new forms of nature writing, study of Thomas is now rarely confined to any single aspect of his practice.



Inaugural Conference of Palgrave Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture

21st – 22nd April 2017, Lancaster University, UK

Plenary speakers

Marian Aguiar (English, Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Kat Jungnickel (Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London)


Film screening and Q&A with Director Andrew Kötting


Roundtable on “New Directions in Mobilities Studies” featuring

Nick Dunn (Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University), Ruth Livesey (English, Royal Holloway, University of London), Pete Merriman (Geography, Aberystwyth University)


Northern Poetry Symposium

9 May 2017, Sage Gateshead

To celebrate their first year in Newcastle, the Poetry Book Society is co-hosting the Northern Poetry Symposium with Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Sage Gateshead. The event is part of the Newcastle Poetry Festival and will feature a follow-on session from the National Poetry Day Symposium in London. Headline speakers include Neil Astley (Bloodaxe), Isobel Colchester (Poet in the City), Susannah Herbert (National Poetry Day), Eleanor Livingstone (Stanza Poetry Festival) and Michael Schmidt (Carcanet). Join this momentous gathering and help to shape the future of poetry!

Further information: alice@inpressbooks.co.uk

Great Writers Inspire at Home

Lecture series 27 May - 26 June 2017, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford, 17.00 - 19.00

The Great Writers Inspire at Home workshops will bring together a number of contemporary British writers to discuss how literature in different genres shapes readers’ perceptions of the contemporary world, and their identities within it.

Our primary focus is the experience of reading: we will think about the ways in which readers respond to writing and writers appeal to readers. What do we read for when we read? Do we as readers read beyond the writers’ terms of address, and do writers have particular readers or readerships in mind when writing?

During the workshops, authors will read from and discuss their work, but the emphasis will be placed on readers’ responses to the writing, and generous time will be allocated for audience-writer conversation and interaction.

These event sare free and all are welcome.  http://writersmakeworlds.com/workshops/

Great Writers Inspire at Home: 'Readers and Reading'

27 April 2017, 5.00 - 7.00  Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

The project leaders will introduce the concept of the series, and participating readers will give readings of their favourite passages from the books they have engaged with in their reading groups.


Great Writers Inspire at Home: Kamila Shamsie

4 May 2017, 5.00 - 7.00  Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

Kamila Shamsie is the acclaimed author of six novels. Born in Pakistan, she now lives in London. In conversation with Elleke Boehmer, she will read from her most recent novel, A God in Every Stone (2014). Mostly set in London and Peshawar in the first decades of the twentieth century, the novel explores ‘the communality [and] contradictions … of empire’ (Tabish Khair, Financial Times). In an opening session, reading groups who have read the novel will be able to offer responses to their experiences of reading it.

Reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-writers-inspire-at-home-kamila-shamsie-tickets-32999737102

Great Writers Inspire at Home: Bernardine Evaristo

11 May 2017, 5.00 - 7.00  Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

Evaristo is an award-winning author of seven books and numerous other works of fiction, poetry, verse fiction, short fiction, essays, literary criticism, and radio and theatre drama. She will be in conversation with Zoe Norridge and Marsha Hutchinson about her verse novel, The Emperor’s Babe (2001), which tells the story of a black girl growing up in Roman London in 211 AD. As part of the conversation, readers who have read the novel will be able to participate in a discussion that centres on their responses to the book.

Reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-writers-inspire-at-home-bernardine-evaristo-tickets-32999760171

Great Writers Inspire at Home: Daljit Nagra

18 May  2017, 5.00 - 7.00  Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

The British poet Daljit Nagra has won multiple awards for his work, including the Forward Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. In dialogue with Rachael Gilmour, he will read from and speak about his celebrated debut collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover! (2007). The poems are based on his experiences as the son of Punjabi parents who came from India to Britain in the 1950s. As part of the discussion, audience members will have an opportunity to talk about their experiences of reading his work.

Reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-writers-inspire-at-home-daljit-nagra-tickets-32999769198

Great Writers Inspire at Home: D-Empress Dianne Regisford

25 May  2017, 5.00 - 7.00 St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road.

Local Oxford performance poet D-Empress Dianne Regisford will present a performance installation piece entitled ‘Hersto-Rhetoric? Na so today!!!’. The performance installation, which incorporates a series of seven sculptures, invites critical explorations of the notion of ‘la femme libre’ (the liberated woman) from an African feminist perspective. The works are inspired by what D-Empress describes as a ten-year initiation into the teachings and practice of the ancient West African Mandika badjenne tradition.

Reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-writers-inspire-at-home-d-empress-dianne-regisford-tickets-32999779228

Power of Reading and Power of Reading in the Early Years Information Conference

26 May 2017 10am-1pm, CLPE, Webber Street, London SE1 8QW

The Power of Reading Project enhances teachers’ and children’s pleasure in reading. Children’s achievement is raised through teachers’ knowledge of literature and its creative use in the classroom.

This conference is an opportunity for schools, school consortiums, academies and Local Authorities to discover the impact of the Power of Reading project on children’s enthusiasm for reading and the profound effect this has on attainment in reading and writing. It will transform schools literacy curriculums and delegates will discover how using great children’s literature and creative teaching approaches delights and engages children.

This conference will also introduce the new CLPE Reading and Writing scales, which help teachers strengthen formative assessment, understand a child’s journey to becoming literate and support progress for every child.

Fee: £95.00

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Great Writers Inspire at Home: Nadifa Mohamed

1 June  2017, 5.00 - 7.00  Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

Nadifa Mohamed, one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013, was born in Hargeisa, Somalia, and has lived in England since 1986. The workshop will focus on her debut novel, Black Mamba Boy (2010), based on her father’s travels across the Horn of Africa, before his eventual arrival in Britain. Mohamed will be in dialogue with ‘Africa in Words’ editor Kate Haines during the workshop. Readers will be able to participate in a discussion on their responses to the book.

Reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-writers-inspire-at-home-nadifa-mohamed-tickets-32999795276

Great Writers Inspire at Home: Aminatta Forna

8 June  2017, 5.00 - 7.00  Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

Windham-Campbell-winning author Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland, and raised in Sierra Leone and Britain. Her Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning novel, The Memory of Love (2010), set in post-war Sierra Leone, will form the basis of the discussion with Ankhi Mukherjee. Readers will be able to participate in a discussion about their experiences of reading the novel.

Reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-writers-inspire-at-home-aminatta-forna-tickets-32999841414

Great Writers Inspire at Home: Editors and contributors, The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing

15 June  2017, 5.00 - 7.00  Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

Editor Susheila Nasta and a number of the contributors will be in conversation about their Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing, the very first academic collection to cover nearly 300 years of Black and Asian British literature, due to be published in 2018. From their perspectives as critics, they will address the questions of writing, reading and identity in Britain today.

Reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-writers-inspire-at-home-editors-and-contributors-the-cambridge-history-of-black-and-asian-tickets-32999853450

Great Writers Inspire at Home: M. NourbeSe Philip

26 June  2017, 5.00 - 7.00  Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, novelist and lawyer, born in Tobago but now based in Canada. Though Philip does not have direct ties to Britain, her concerns with language, the past, and the question of how we belong, links her to many of the other writers who appear in the series. She will be in a panel discussion with Marina Warner, Matthew Reynolds and Elleke Boehmer.

Reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-writers-inspire-at-home-m-nourbese-philip-tickets-32999864483

English: Shared Futures

Newcastle Civic Centre, 5-7 July 2017

A major conference across the discipline of English organised by the English Association, University English, the Institute of English Studies and the National Association of Writers in Education with support from the Higher Education Academy.


Generation TEF: Teaching in the the spotlight HEA Annual Conference 2017

University of Manchester, 4-6 July 2017

The HEA is delighted to announce the return of its Annual Conference, this year focusing on improving the quality of teaching and learning in the age of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Proposals are invited from higher education professionals that relate to this year's chosen themes.

Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight

The quality of teaching in UK higher education took centre stage over the last year, in response to Jo Johnson’s July 2015 speech introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in England (with the other UK nations keeping a close watching brief). As the dramatic plotline intensified, the potential implications of TEF for tuition fees, future sector funding models and the further marketisation of HE were hotly debated by an audience of sector commentators on the edge of their seats, while some of TEF’s strongest critics posted reviews bemoaning the concept of the TEF in its entirety.

While acknowledging the wider implications of TEF on UK HE (including political, financial and reputational), the HEA’s 2017 Annual Conference will position the spotlight firmly on teaching itself, in particular the learners whose experience of HE is and will take place in a post-TEF landscape. At the same time as looking to the future in order to understand and prepare for the changed expectations and rhetoric of ‘Generation TEF’, we are also keen to reflect on and learn from the backstory of professionalising HE teaching.

The ethos towards students and teaching has changed dramatically in the last two decades in UK HE and the TEF can, and should, be used to further develop a culture where excellent learning environments and teaching standards are consistently and conscientiously pursued, developed and expected. The question of how this can be achieved is full of tensions and unpredictable sub-plots. What will happen in the next act certainly promises to be both fascinating and preoccupying for colleagues across the sector, regardless of their role. We invite you to join us in July 2017 to interrogate the meaning of ‘Generation TEF’ for your own practice, institution or research, as aligned to the ten sub-themes below:

  • Transforming assessment;
  • Student access, retention, attainment and progression;
  • Embedding employability;
  • Internationalising higher education;
  • Student engagement through partnership;
  • Flexible learning;
  • Curriculum design;
  • Student choice landscape;
  • Leadership of learning and teaching in the disciplines;
  • New pedagogic research in the disciplines.

Conference structure and strands

Under the umbrella theme and descriptive sub-themes, proposals for the conference and invited in each of the following five strands:

  • Arts and Humanities;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • Social Sciences;
  • STEM;
  • Strategy and themes.

Each strand will run on a particular day, as indicated in the table below. Posters will be available to view across the three days, however presenters will need to indicate which strand their poster relates to allow for the dedicated poster sessions to be scheduled (which will require attendance from presenters).

4 July

5 July 6 July

Arts & Humanities

Health & Social Care

Strategy and themes


Social Sciences

Poster presentations

Teaching GCSE Classical Civilisation and Ancient History: CPD Residential

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, 7 (after school) - 9 July 2017

A residential CPD programme for GCSE Classical Civilisation and Ancient History. All teachers and PGCE students are welcome, especially non-subject specialists and those considering starting these subjects for the first time in their schools. Accommodation is provided and full bursaries are available.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Edith Hall and Professor Tom Harrison

Booking Deadline: 31 March 2017

Further details & booking: www.classics.cam.ac.uk/cpd


 Teacher's Conference: Shakespeare and Creativity

3 - 5 August 2017, The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Organised by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in collaboration with The British Shakespeare Association

Designed for teachers of English and Drama in primary and secondary schools, this short course will allow you to immerse yourself in Shakespeare with:

  •  expert lectures
  • directing workshops
  • activities to take back to the classroom
  • performances of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • post-show discussion and Q&A session
  • visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. 

£180 per person (inclusive of theatre tickets for the two performances)
The fee does not include travel or accommodation, for which you will need to make your own arrangements.

Further information and booking: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/education/schools/cpd/

Adaptations and History: the 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies

St Anne's College, Oxford, 26-27 September 2017

Deborah Cartmell (djc@dmu.ac.uk) and Imelda Whelehan (Imelda.Whelehan@utas.edu.au

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