The English Association and COVID-19

Posted by rsl11 at May 14, 2020 10:15 AM |
Read more about what the EA is doing to support members during this challenging time

The English Association’s priority since the lockdown began has been to ensure that our members enjoy their membership benefits without disruption. We’re very pleased that the office team has been able to pivot to remote working successfully, and members are able to access their publications either in hard copy or online within the usual schedule. Check our publications  updates page for news on your expected deliveries during this period.

We have focused on supporting our members, many of whom are dealing with online and/or home learning for the first time, by curating a collection of high-quality external resources packed with practical hints and tips. We know that many of you may be feeling lonely and isolated, so we have created new monthly member updates to keep you connected, and we’re launching online member networking sessions in the next few weeks; we’ve also been sharing our members’ stories about lockdown life and their experiences of education during the pandemic.

As the voice for the discipline of English Studies, the English Association will be looking to see how the lessons we’ve learned during the lockdown might transform education in the future. We are developing exciting projects which will drive this conversation forward: keep an eye out for more information from us in the coming weeks.

While we’re disappointed that our flagship projects have been somewhat delayed by the lockdown, we’re delighted that these projects will soon be back on track. Keep an eye on the English: Shared Futures conference website for information about the all-new E:SF Conference Online: a series of workshops, lectures, and resources that will bring the spirit of E:SF to you wherever you are from 26 June 2020. We’re very pleased that E:SF will run as planned in 2021, so there’s not too long to wait. The Poetry By Heart finals have been postponed until November 2020, at which point we will celebrate the winners of this uplifting and joyful competition. Our annual Awards Ceremony and AGM has been postponed until November 2020, and we’ll hope you’ll join us to celebrate our new fellows and prize-winners. We’re delighted to welcome poet and playwright Joseph Coelho as our keynote speaker, and the winner of the Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize, Sophie Collins, will give a reading from her winning collection, Who is Mary Sue? It promises to be a festive evening of celebration, which we hope marks the end of this challenging time.

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