emagazine Student Conference for English Literature AS & A Level & IB – Thursday 23rd November 2017

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The Conference launches with a pair of ‘How to…’ masterclasses: Professor John Mullan (Lord Northcliffe Professor at University College London) ‘How to Read a Novel’; and Sarah Crown (Director of Literature at Arts Council England) ‘How to Read a Poem’; author Blake Morrison on the essay in the age of the blog; Dr Eric Langley (Lecturer in English at University College London) asks ‘Are You Ready for Death?’ in his lecture on ‘Shakespeare’s Mortal Anxieties’ and actors Simon Bubb and Emma Pallant will be ‘Making A Drama Out of It’, exploring dramatic language from page to stage, with the help of student volunteers. Plus the ‘Read This Now!’ panel discussion returns with author and editor of The Good Immigrant Nikesh Shukla, asking what 6th form students should be reading.

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Conference:

emagazine Student Conference for English Literature AS & A Level & IB – Thursday 23rd November 2017

When:

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Where:

Friends House
173-177 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

Programme & Speakers

Programme & Speakers

An inspiring day of academic enrichment for A Level and IB students

10.15am

Everyone in their seats

Please could we ask teachers to sit with their own group of students.

10.20am
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Welcome

Emma Barker

Emma Barker, English and Media Centre, welcomes you to the emagazine Literature Conference.

10.30-11.10am
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How to Read a Poem

Sarah Crown

What is it we mean when we talk about 'reading' a poem? How is it different from reading anything else? In this session, we'll think about what it is we're supposed to be looking – and listening – for when we encounter a poem for the first time: the implication of rhyme and rhythm (or their absence), form, imagery and, finally, the vexed question of what the poem really means. We'll come out the other end with a clearer sense of what it is we're doing when we read poetry, and how to get the most out of a poem without wringing all the joy from it in the process.

Sarah Crown is Director of Literature at the Arts Council England. She edited the Guardian's books website for many years, and regularly reviews fiction and poetry for the Guardian, the Telegraph and the TLS

11.10-11.40am Read This Now! panel discussion

Professor John Mullan and panellists

Following the success of its launch last year, the Read This Now! panel discussion returns, with writer Nikesh Shukla joining panelists Sarah Crown and John Mullan to answer the question: what should A Level students be reading? 

Our panelists will take us back to considering why we read at all, and from there discuss issues such as: whether we read to relate to characters or to broaden our thinking beyond our own experiences, how reading might help us know ourselves better – and… what to read before university entrance interviews.

As well as the broader discussion, each panelist will make a specific text recommendation. Panelists will debate the merits of each text and the audience will be able to vote on which they are most persuaded to read. John Mullan will then take up the challenge of performing a close reading of the opening of the selected text as part of his How to Read a Novel lecture later in the day.

Reading lists of titles selected by each panelist will be available in the conference handout on the day and copies of the books available at the bookstall.

Nikesh Shukla is the author of the Costa shortlisted novel Coconut Unlimited and, with Kieran Yates, a non-fiction essay about the 2011 riots called Generation Vexed: What the Riots Don't Tell Us About Our Nation's Youth, editor of the critically-acclaimed The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays and soon to be published YA novel Run. He hosts The Subaltern podcast, about writing.

11.40am-11.55am Break

11.55-12.35pm
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Professor John Mullan

How to Read a Novel

What can we tell about a novel, which might be hundreds of pages long, from looking in detail at a particular passage? This lecture will try to answer that question by taking examples from both recent and nineteenth-century fiction. It will explain how the larger structure of a novel can be seen in particular scenes or passages. In particular, it will focus on openings and endings including Prof Mullan testing his theories on an opening selected on the day by the audience.

John Mullan is Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at University College London, where he specialises in 18th- and 19th-century literature. He is a well-known radio broadcaster and literary journalist, and regularly interviews leading novelists for the Guardian. His book How Novels Work is a readable and stimulating introduction to the novel. In 2009 he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. He is also a regular writer for emagazine and his emagclips on narrative are much valued by students and teachers. His latest book on the fictional techniques of Jane Austen, What Matters in Jane Austen? was published in 2013.

12.40-1.20pm
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Dr Eric Langley

‘Are You Ready for Death?’ Shakespeare’s Mortal Anxieties

This lecture will draw attention to the plaguy metaphors and sickly symbols of Shakespeare’s plays, while offering a broader sense of how period writers responded to the threat of mortality, showing how religious, philosophical, and medical writers provided coping strategies to deal with the bleak awareness that ‘from our first day, we begin to die’ (John de Gaule, A Defiance to Death). 

Dr Eric Langley is Lecturer in English at UCL and author of Narcissism and Suicide in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (Oxford: OUP, 2009).  He has worked with EMC on Studying Dramatic Genres: Comedy and Shakespeare courses. His first collection of poetry Raking Light was published by Carcanet (2017).

1.20-2.10pm Lunch

2.10-2.45pm
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Blake Morrison

The Essay in the Age of the Blog

Award-winning author Blake Morrison launches a passionate defence of the essay form. This most elastic of forms embraces wit, personality and provocation and this lecture – drawing on Blake's personal experience as a literary editor and reviewer as well as a poet and novelist – will explore the ground the essay occupies between critical, creative and life writing. He will explore the historical evolution of the essay but also look at its endurance in the age of the blog – and even in the classroom.

Blake Morrison has written poetry, fiction, memoirs, literary criticism and libretti. He first worked for the Times Literary Supplement and was later literary editor for The Observer and the Independent on Sunday. He now writes regularly for the Guardian. Since 2003 he has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, university of London. 

His memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? was made into a film with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson and Carey Mulligan. Among his other books is As If, a study of the murder of two year-old James Bulger in 1993.

2.50-3.30pm
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Simon Bubb with Emma Pallant

Making a Drama Out of It

What is it that makes language dramatic and not just literary? What are some of the techniques playwrights use? This active session will look at extracts from Shakespeare and 20C American drama, bringing an actor's perspective to analysing dramatic texts.

Simon Bubb has worked as a professional actor for over a decade, and studied English at university. He was in the original National Theatre production of War Horse, and has also worked for the RSC, the Globe and the Old Vic. His TV work includes recent Channel 4 series Born To Kill, W1A and Red Dwarf. He is a regular contributor to emagazine.

Location

Location

Where is the Conference Held?

The emagazine Literature Conference is being held at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ – directly opposite Euston Station.

Map

Getting to the Conference

Train

The closest train stations are Euston and Kings Cross.

Tube (underground)

Tube stations within a 5 to 15-minute walk include: Euston, Euston Square, Kings Cross, Goodge Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street. The closest tubes are Euston and Euston Square.

Bus

Numbers 10, 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 pass the door whilst 59, 68, 91, 168, and 253 stop nearby.

Travelling by Minibus or Car?

Friends House is within a meter parking zone. Charges must be paid Monday to Friday 08:30 - 18:30 and Saturday 09:00 - 13:30. Please note that Friends House is within the congestion charge zone. For details of how to pay here.

Coaches

Coaches may stop outside Friends House to drop students off.

Parking

London Euston Station Car Park

MSCP Melton Street
London
NW1 2RT
Tel: +44 (0)345 222 4224

The Royal National Car Park 

38-51 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0DG
Tel: +44 (0)20-7691 2630

Important Info

Important Info

Prices, Booking and Cancellations

Prices

The fee is £20 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.

Booking

There are two methods of booking:

  • Book online – you can opt to pay by invoice on the checkout page.
  • Print off the booking form and post/fax/email it to us.

Conference places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Whether you send a cheque or are invoiced, the booking is a firm one.

Please do not make final travel arrangements until your final booking has been confirmed and we have contacted you to let you know that you have definitely been allocated places.

Cancellations

Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Thursday 19th October 2017.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Thursday 19th October and up to 5pm on Thursday 9th November 2017: 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Thursday 9th November 2017: 100% charge

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or other circumstances beyond our control.

Arrangements on the Day

Teachers Accompanying Students

We expect all students to be accompanied by a teacher. There should be a minimum of 1 teacher per 20 students.

We request that teachers meet their students in advance, register as a group and sit with their groups of students. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that their own students maintain acceptable standards of behaviour in the auditorium and in the Friends House building.

Lunch and Refreshments

The cafe at Friends House is open from 8am.

You and your students will be responsible for providing your own lunches. There are sandwich shops in the area immediately behind Friends House and plenty of food outlets across the road at Euston Station.

There are spaces outside for students to eat their packed lunch but no indoor spaces.

Book Now

How to book

Book online and opt to pay by invoice on the checkout page.

Prices

The fee is £20 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.

Cancellations

Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Thursday 19th October 2017.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Thursday 19th October and up to 5pm on Thursday 9th November 2017: 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Thursday 9th November 2017: 100% charge

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or other circumstances beyond our control.

Booking form

Please fill in the form below. Alternatively print off the booking form and post, fax or email it to us.

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