Now That’s What I Call Life on the Literature Programme 2018: A Retrospective (2/3)

This week, as a new year begins, we are taking a look back over the past 12 months and celebrating everything that’s happened here on the Literature programme this year. In this post, we’ll be rounding up the big stories from the blog. We don’t have room to mention them all, but here are the ones that made a real splash on the blog!

Tomorrow  be hearing what you said about your time with us in 2018. 

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“Keep Your Mind Open to Contagious Ideas”: A Reflection on the 2018 Words Matter Lecture by Dr Jo Waugh

By Erin Byrne

On Thursday 11th October, Dr Jo Waugh delivered the Literature Programme’s annual ‘Words Matter’ lecture, this year exploring the topic of Literature and Contagion. Regular Blog Writer Erin Bryne was on the scene.

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Comfort Reads: It’s a Kind of Funny Story

By Lucy Pettigrew

From 8-12 October (THIS WEEK!) York St John University is holding its inaugural ‘Comfort Reads Week’, hosted by ILE as part of Libraries Week. This week of events seeks to celebrate and explore the power of reading for wellbeing. To get in the mood, we asked our students to tell us about their favourite comfort reads. In this post, Lucy Pettigrew shares her love for Ned Vizzini’s It’s a Kind of Funny Story.

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Comfort Reads: The Opposite of Loneliness

By Ellie Anderson-Ingham

From 8-12 October (THIS WEEK!) York St John University is holding its inaugural ‘Comfort Reads Week’, hosted by ILE as part of Libraries Week. This week of events seeks to celebrate and explore the power of reading for wellbeing. To get in the mood, we asked our students to tell us about their favourite comfort reads. In this post, Ellie Anderson-Ingham shares her love of Marina Keegan’s The Opposite of Loneliness.

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We Need You: Become a Writer for Words Matter!

‘Words Matter’ is our Literature Programme blog, a dedicated space for our students, staff and alumni. Check here for the latest news on forth-coming events and for opinion, commentary and reviews by your peers on the programme. The blog also explores, celebrates and promotes the ethos of our programme team, which is the belief that literature provides the means of interrogating and understanding the world we live in. We are therefore interested in exploring what literature can tell us about identity, politics and culture.

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Seven Books to Buy on National #BookshopDay!

  • By Charlotte Stevenson

As some of you might know, this Saturday is National Bookshop Day. This means that across the weekend, specifically October 8th, there will be lots of book related events going on across the country such as author readings, signings and such. It’s an occasion to show your local bookshop some love as, whilst Amazon is convenient and easy to access online, there is nothing like going for a browse at your local store. There is a community there, a tangible hum to all of those spines full of potential calling out ‘pick me’. Every penny we spend there goes towards keeping those sanctuaries in place and making sure they remain on our high streets for the long run.

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Comfort Reads: Under The Greenwood Tree

By James Turner

From 8-12 October York St John University will be holding its inaugural ‘Comfort Reads Week’, hosted by ILE. This week of events seeks to celebrate and explore the power of reading for promoting and ensuring wellbeing. To get in the mood, we asked our students to tell us about their favourite comfort reads. In this post, James Turner shares his love of Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy.

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