Dr Stephen Turton and Professor Charlotte Brewer (Oxford) launch Murray Scriptorium

Dr Stephen Turton and Prof Charlotte Brewer (Oxford) have launched MurrayScriptorium.org, an open-access edition of the correspondence of James Augustus Henry Murray (1837–1915), first chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. The edition is in its pilot phase and currently holds transcriptions of 88 letters that showcase the range of Murray’s correspondents: authors who explained […]

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Dr May Hawas wins the Balakian Prize for ‘Politicising World Literature: Egypt, Between Pedagogy and the Public’, June 2022

Dr May Hawas’s Politicising World Literature: Egypt, Between Pedagogy and the Public has been awarded the Balakian Prize 2022. According to the jury, “Hawas’s book is a critical work of remarkable originality that is consistently analytical and argumentative in its presentation of ideas, with a strong comparative perspective”. Link to announcement about the prize. Link to […]

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Churchill College, the Faculty of English, and the Marlowe Society are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize, and the ‘Other’ Prize for Drama

The 2022 John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize was won by Gabriel Rolfe (Magdalene College) for the poem Nullarbor. The 2022 ‘Other’ Prize for Drama was won by Maddie Lynes (St Catharine’s College) for the play Her Very Many Faces, whilst Eyoel Abebaw-Mesfin (Fitzwilliam College) was commended as the runner-up for the play My […]

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Mark Wormald reads from his new book ‘The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes’, Stockbridge, Friday 17 June

Mark Wormald took part in a joint reading with David Profumo, author of the fishing memoir The Lightning Thread,  in Stockbridge on Friday 17 June. Mark read from his new book The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes, which was published by Bloomsbury on 28 April. Link to further information about the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-profumo-and-mark-wormald-book-reading-and-signing-tickets-344823144307

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Conor McKee writes about Robert Southwell’s literal approach to metaphor in ‘Renaissance Studies’, June 2022

Conor McKee’s article in Renaissance Studies considers the use of metaphor in the work of sixteenth-century poet and martyr Robert Southwell. He argues that a number of Southwell’s metaphors have a surprisingly literal quality whereby their vehicles are given greater prominence than their tenors. For instance, looking at Southwell’s presentation of the figurative ‘fires of […]

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