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Resounding Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Symposium

Saturday 11 October 2014
Faculty of English
University of Cambridge

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth. As such, it provides an ideal opportunity to reevaluate a body of work that has for too long precluded scholarly consensus. The sticking point has always been a biographical one. Thomas’s untimely death in New York in 1953 makes for a juicy story, yet it has created a kind of blind spot in critical as well as popular thought. The poet’s public image – a drunk, a womanizer, a Welshman – continues to influence the way his written craft is received, as though his wild behaviour should provide the first or only means of access to the poetry.

Those involved in Resounding Dylan Thomas intend to make a change. Building on the work of John Goodby’s new monograph, The Poetry of Dylan Thomas: Under the Spelling Wall (2013), this symposium will bring together a diverse group of scholars, not only to debunk the Thomas myth, but also to determine what place he has – or could have – in twenty-first century culture. The symposium will feature papers on various aspects of Thomas’s technique – his revisionary habits, his engagement with new media, his influence on recent writing – as well as a reading of his poetry.

Speakers: John Goodby, Leo Mellor, Rod Mengham, Jeremy Noel-Tod, Peter Robinson, Zoë Skoulding, and Amanda Wrigley


For more information, and to register, please contact:

​Dr ​Edward Allen –


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September 8th, 2014 at 9:57 am

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Poetry, Memory and Performance – Exploring memorisation, performance and the embodied knowledge of poetry.

Poetry, Memory and Performance
23rd – 24th March 2015
Homerton College
University of Cambridge

Keynote speakers:

Catherine Robson

Iain McGilchrist

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together researchers, educationalists, poets and performers with the aim of opening dialogue about the place and value of memorisation and recitation. The conference follows on from the Poetry By Heart national recitation competition finals, also held at Homerton College, on 21st–22nd March. This should provide a stimulating context and a point of reference for discussion, and we hope that many conference delegates will take the opportunity to attend some of the competition finals beforehand.

Further information and call for papers:

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September 2nd, 2014 at 11:24 am

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Writing Britain 2014 Twitter Feed

The Writing Britain Conference will be live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #WritBrit2014

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June 30th, 2014 at 9:44 am

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CUSU Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to two members of our Faculty!  Dr Alex da Costa was a Winner and Dr Sarah Haggarty received a Special Mention in the Lecturer category of the recent CUSU Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA).  These awards were inaugurated this year to celebrate excellent teaching and student engagement. Students were given the opportunity to nominate lecturers, supervisors, administrators and other staff whom they considered to be exemplary teachers and mentors.  For more information, see

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June 18th, 2014 at 9:46 am

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College Teaching Officer in English – Gonville & Caius

One-Year Fixed Term Career Development Post

Gonville and Caius College (University of Cambridge) seeks to appoint a one-year fixed-term career development CTO (College Teaching Officer) in English from 1st September 2014 to replace Dr Deborah Bowman, who has been awarded a Newton Trust Research Leave Sabbatical.

Caius is seeking an individual who could teach any aspect of Part I of the new English Tripos, but candidates with experience teaching one or more of the following papers may be at an advantage: Practical Criticism and Critical Practice, English Literature and its Contexts, 1300-1550, English Literature and its Contexts, 1660­-1870, English Literature and its Contexts, 1830-1945, English Literature and its Contexts, 1870-present.

The successful candidate will be elected to a Bye-Fellowship, which carries with it dining and other privileges, and will be expected to teach for ten hours a week in Full Term, to direct studies for Part I of the Tripos, to assist with admissions interviews, and to engage in research. The salary will be £19,806.

The post is open to men and women; appointment will be for a single fixed term of one year only. Application is by letter and CV; there is no application form. Completed applications should be sent by electronic mail (PDF or Word document format) by 1 July 2014 to Candidates are also asked to arrange for two supporting references to be sent to the same address, and by the same date. It is hoped that interviews will take place in mid-July.

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June 13th, 2014 at 9:40 am

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Congratulations to Ellie Lavan!

The English Faculty would like to offer our congratulations to PhD Student, Ellie Lavan; this year’s national first-prize winner of the British Association for Irish Studies Postgraduate Essay Competition. The competition is open to graduate students researching topics in Irish Studies across all disciplines. Ms Lavan attended an awards ceremony hosted by the Irish Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall, at the Embassy on 28 May, where she also met with members of the BAIS Council. The winning essay, titled ‘The Irreparable and the Imprevidible: fathers as failures at Joyce’s family circus’, will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Irish Studies Review.

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June 5th, 2014 at 8:40 am

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Dr Mary Newbould on Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In Our Time’

Dr Mary Newbould recently appeared on Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In Our Time’ talking about Laurence Sterne and Tristram Shandy. The programme is available to view on the BBC iPlayer here.

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April 25th, 2014 at 11:29 am

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Special Collections – William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

Dr Hester Lees-Jeffries is curating a Shakespeare exhibition at the University Library. For more information, please follow this link to the Library’s blog.

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April 25th, 2014 at 11:24 am

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14-17 April – Network Downtime/Vulnerable Period

The data network in the English Faculty building will be upgraded next week (14th April through 17th April, inclusive). This could involve significant and/or frequent network disconnections during the four days of vulnerability. These disconnections will affect ALL services into and out of the English Faculty building, including the main Faculty web site, the ASNC web site, all research group web sites and most of the project web sites (Cambridge Authors and the Scriptorium will not be affected, all others will).

Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience whilst the work is completed.  If you have any queries, please email:

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April 10th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

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Faculty of English Open days

The Faculty of English Open days are being held on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 July. There will be an information stand in the Faculty building, an opportunity to hear sample lectures and listen to the course presentation. For further details and to reigster please go to

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April 9th, 2014 at 10:49 am

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