Adam Kirkbride reports back on last week’s trip to York Explore Library and Archives.
“All The World’s A Stage”
Director Kimberley Sykes combines pantomime, audience interaction, puppetry and musical elements to create a fantastical, almost Brechtian approach to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current production of As You Like It.
For the past eleven weeks, I’ve constantly been reminded in lectures and seminars that Shakespeare’s plays are texts that were written with the intention to be performed on a stage, not to be read in a classroom. My Shakespeare: Perspectives module’s two-day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon proved that there’s more to the Bard’s plays than just text to be analysed. Shakespeare’s plays offer escapism, a chance to get away from reality with friends or family and I was lucky enough to escape to the Forest of Arden in the most recent production of As You Like It. Continue reading ““All The World’s A Stage”. Mollie Pigott reflects on the RSC’s production of As You Like It (Shakespeare: Perspectives Trip 2019)”
On Monday 20th May, staff from the Literature and Creative Writing programmes were delighted to celebrate with our third-year students, who have just finished studying for their degrees. We would like to wish all of our finishing students a hearty congratulations and fond farewell!
An estimated 1.5 billion people – 20 per cent of the world’s population – speak English today. While there are many Global Englishes, not all ‘Englishes’receive equal recognition and respect.
To counter this, York St John University staff and students will celebrate the wonders of Global Englishes, showcasing their heritage and vitality through an introduction to literature, food and other traditions and customs.
Come along and meet researchers from the University’s School of Languages and Linguistics and the School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy and discover more about how Global Englishes have developed and continue to evolve.
Last week many of our students struck off to Straford-Upon-Avon as part of our Second Year Shakespeare: Perspectives module! Below, Julie Raby introduces the trip — stay tuned over Easter for more posts on the tip by our students!
On Monday 25 March, Literature Lecturers Adam James Smith and Jo Waugh delivered an event at the York Literary Festival titled ‘Satire and the Future: Can The Satirists Still Save Us?’ Words Matter Blogger Charlotte Crawshaw was on the scene!
By Charlotte Stevenson
On Thursday 28th March 2019 at 17:00, FT/002, York St. John Feminist Society will be hosting a free screening of Oscar nominated motion picture, Hidden Figures. The movie tells the story of mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who produced defining work which made possible numerous NASA successes during the U.S. Space Race and beyond.
Continue reading “Hidden Figures Screening: March 28th”
It’s LGBT History Month in February and we have some great events. How about coming along to this:
Trans and Non-Binary History and Acceptance, 13 February, York St John University
A talk with Kit Heyam. Former co-ordinator of the York LGBT History Month, and experienced trans-awareness trainer, Kit will return to York St John to share stories of trans and non-binary history and acceptance. Kit identifies as a non-binary transgender man and co-ordinates the Rainbow Plaques project.
This event is free and is open to all. The talk will be 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q+A.
Book via Eventbrite here.
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.
By Charlotte Stevenson
Each year, to accompany reading Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, third year students studying our Twentieth-Century Writing module visit the Brideshead of the screen, Castle Howard. Here Charlotte Stevenson reflects on her thoughts of the 2018 trip and her experience of reading Waugh’s novel.
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.
The Words Matter Lecture is a highlight of our academic year here on the Literature programme at York St John University. Below, Subject Director Dr Anne-Marie Evans announces full details of this year’s lecture, to be delivered by Dr Jo Waugh on Thursday 11th October.
Light Night 2018 Volunteer Information
Light Night is a multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds city centre on 2 nights in early October. The city’s arts and cultural venues open their doors late into the evening, and artists transform indoor and outdoor spaces into exciting, interactive works of art.
This year’s festival will take place on the evenings of Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October. Volunteers must also be able to attend one of our briefing sessions taking place at 6pm on Wednesday 19th September and 6pm on Monday 24th September.
Being such a large city-wide event, which is increasing in popularity year on year, Light Night relies on a large number of volunteers. The role of Light Night Festival Volunteer will involve a number of different duties, and opportunities may vary depending on what this year’s Light Night priorities are. You may be asked to assist an artist, undertake market research, or work as a visitor assistant.