Great Lives: Carol Ann Duffy

Great Lives: Carol Ann Duffy 

Carol Ann Duffy Great Minds

Two of our English Studies students, Becky (right) and Jeni (left), with Dame Carol Ann Duffy (centre).

In November 2017, a group on English MA students attending one of the Great Lives talk hosted by the University of Lincoln. In this event, which was open to staff, students and the public, Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy provided readings of her poetry and took questions from the audience. Duffy has previously hosted writing workshop with our students, and is a visiting poetry artist with the university.

One of our students told us it was a great experience and a valuable insight which allowed her to gain further insight into Duffy and her works in preparation for her research into 21st Century poets, a subject area which is covered in English Now 1. Two of our students, Becky Coddington and Jeni Medcalf were able to meet with Duffy after the event, where the Poet Laureate offered signings of her collections.

More information on this, and future events can be found here.

Term 2 symposium in Lincoln Cathedral!

Students from the modules ‘Writing Utopia and Dystopia’ and ‘Women Writing the 21st Century’ presented papers in the Wren Library, Lincoln Cathedral, on 30th April 2014 to an audience of over 30. The papers were organised into four panels: ‘Utopian Societies and Fallen Worlds’, ‘Femininity, Gender and Form’, ‘Women, the Body and the Gaze’ and ‘Utopianism, Consciousness and Metaphysics’. The papers were professionally delivered and provoked lively discussion. Our Visiting Professor, John Drakakis, who was in attendance commented on the high standard of the papers. Congratulations to all our presenters!


May symposium in Lincoln Cathedral!

Our second symposium of the year took place in the Wren Library in Lincoln Cathedral. This is the first time we have held a symposium in the Cathedral and it definitely lived up to expectation – see the photos under the ‘Symposia’ tab.

This year we heard paper presentations from the Literary Theory in the 21st Century module, which were organised into three panels: 1) Trauma Theory and the Gothic 2) 21st Century Fiction: New Readings 3) Beyond Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals and the Posthuman. The papers were great, demonstrating originality, impressive research skills and genuine intellectual curiosity. Our visiting Professor, John Drakakis, who gave feedback on the papers, was very impressed with the standard of work.

The symposium finished with a buffet lunch and wine in the Chapter House. All in all it was a great day, and wonderful to have some prospective MA students in attendance too.

Term 1 2012

The first term of the current academic year is well under way. Students on all three of our MA programmes – MA English Studies, MA Creative Writing and MA 21st Century Literature  – are busy reading and writing in preparation for their assignments on topics including 21st century poetry, utopianism, Victorian literature and culture, and more. We wish them well with their studies.

This blog site aims to give interested students a little more information about our MA programmes than is available on the University of Lincoln website. If you would like to discuss an application for MA English Studies or MA 21st Century Literature further, please contact either the Admissions Tutor Dr Christopher Marlow ( or the Programme Leader Dr Sian Adiseshiah ( For MA Creative Writing, please contact Dr Phil Redpath (

Term 2 symposium – a great success!

The Term 2 MA in English Studies and MA in 21st Century Literature symposium took place yesterday. There were panels on 21st Century Literary Theory, Nineteenth Century Life Writing and contemporary representations of London (‘London Now’). The symposium was lively and stimulating and students’ papers were engaging and well presented. Have a look at the photos under on the ‘Symposia’ page – more photos to follow.

MA English Studies and 21st Century Literature: Term 2 Begins

Term 2 of our MA English programmes began today. Over the next twelve weeks, students on the English Now 2 core module will discuss writing by Alexander Masters, Colm Toibin, Hilary Mantel, Sarah Waters, Andrea Levy, Zadie Smith and others. The optional modules London Now, Literary Theory in the 21st Century and Nineteenth Century Life Writing are also running this term. For more information on the programmes please click on the tabs above.

December Symposium

Twelve MA English Studies and MA 21st Century Literature students took part in a postgraduate symposium at the university on 19th December. Presenting to an audience of their peers and their tutors, students on modules covering Contemporary American Fiction, Reading Trauma in the 21st Century, and Poetry and Poetic Culture in the Nineteenth Century delivered polished 20-minute papers throughout the day. The standard of the work was extremely high, discussions were supportive and lively, and this was a great way to end the term. Some photographs of the event can be seen on the ‘Symposia’ page.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!