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School of English news - September 2014

Critical Essays on Don Paterson

Don Paterson Essays

Edinburgh University Press has published a collection of essays by contemporary critics on the work of Don Paterson. Edited by Natalie Pollard, the collection spans Professor Paterson's poetry and prose writing, and includes interviews with him by Derek Attridge and Matthew Sperling.


Documentary film

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On 20th September, Jacob Polley's impressionistic documentary film about a grocer's shop dating from 1801 will be screened at the Berwick-Upon-Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival.

Jacob Polley in Berwick

With filmmaker Ian Fenton, Jacob Polley has been involved in exploring the premises of the William Cowe & Sons cockle shop premises in Berwick, a family business dating back to 1801. Amongst the ledgers, stuffed cupboards, tea chests, and family memorabilia, the documentary, which is based on interviews, footage and stills, discovers a decaying world caught between the near and distant past. The film was commissioned by Northumberland County Council’s 'At the Crossroads; heart of Berwick upon Tweed Townscape Heritage Initiative' with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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New Generation Poets

This summer, Professor Robert Crawford was one of the judges for the Poetry Book Society's 2014 list of 'Next Generation Poets'. 

The poets were selected from 300 first poetry collections published between 2004 and 2014, and the results will be announced this month. Professor Crawford was himself one of the original 'New Generation Poets' when the initiative began in 1994.



Book Festival Readings

Following her award of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for her novel Little Egypt, Lesley Glaister has given readings at a number of book festivals over the summer, including the Voewood Festival, where she was interviewed by Lucy Cavendish, and the Edinburgh Book Festival, where she was interviewed by Kirsty Wark.



German Translation for John Burnside

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This month sees the German publication of Professor John Burnside's first novel In the Dumb House as Haus der stummen.

Haus der Stummen


Postgraduate News

Publication and conference news from Claudia Daventry and Anna West.

Claudia Daventry has contributed a canto to the Updated Don Juan by Divers Hands, published this month by Five Leaves Press. This involves 15 poets, including Sinead Morrissey, George Szirtes, W N Herbert and Ian Duhig, 'updating' Byron's original volume. The launch will take place at Newstead Abbey, Byron's former home, and Claudia will be taking part in a UK-wide road-trip of readings.

On 5th September, Anna West will be presenting at the British Association for Victorian Studies conference in Canterbury following the award of a postgraduate bursary. Her paper is titled 'Social Ecology and Thomas Hardy's Sheep'. Anna also presented this summer at the 'Reading Animals' conference in Sheffield with a paper titled 'Mrs Yeobright and the Adder: The Ethics of Encounter in The Return of the Native', and at the 21st International Thomas Hardy conference in Dorchester, with her paper 'Understanding "Creature": Reconstructing Identity Across Boundaries'.