Thursday 1st October is National Poetry Day – and, in this blog post, Dr Nasser Hussain talks about his latest poetry project and his love of books.
There’s every chance that you’ll remember Chicken Run from 2000- the story of plucky Ginger, galvanising a reluctant, bewildered hero, Rocky, to save her fellow hens from the jaws of Mrs Tweedy’s Chicken Pie machine. The animated film pulled in a record breaking £161.3 million at the Box Office. I can’t be the only person to have reconsidered my roast chicken dinner habit after the film nor the only one to be so relieved to see a credible female lead: she may be a hen, but Ginger was no chicken.
From Apocalypse and Dystopia to Bridget Jones’s Diary – International Women’s Day and Women’s Writing
Academics from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities are involved in the Leeds Lit Fest and will be interviewing American author Diane Cook.
Leeds Beckett University Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aaron Andrews, talks with passion about how events in history can help shape the people we become, and how in some cases, can even help save lives.
In this blog post I have the inside scoop on how to articulate creative writing ideas, story and character development with the extremely talented yet humble Dr. Rachel Connor, Course Director for the English with Creative Writing degree at Leeds Beckett University and published novelist, radio scriptwriter and poet.
Course Director for English Literature and Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, reflects on the of role of their latest Writer in Residence, award-winning British-Caribbean author Jacob Ross.
In this blog post, Professor Ruth Robbins discussed with current student Georgia McEneaney one of her most recent projects: working with the Leeds Library to create a book celebrating its 250th anniversary.
Professor Ruth Robbins
This month, Susan Watkins, Professor of Women’s Writing, and Dr Rachel Connor held a workshop for a group of Bradford schoolgirls at the Leeds Library, inviting them to explore the long tradition of women's dystopian and apocalyptic writing. In this blog post, they reflect on the success of the day.
In her 1995 study of the vampire in European and American fiction, Our Vampires, Ourselves, Nina Auerbach made the bold and, as it turns out, rather premature claim that, ‘at the end of the twentieth century, vampirism is wearing down.
In this blog, joint lead for the CCA research strand on the Body Gender and Sexuality, Dr Melanie Chan, writes about her research into the connections between the body and technology.
National Writing Day is an initiative that celebrates the life-enhancing potential of creative writing. The key message is that writing is a democratic act: everyone has a story to tell, and you don’t have to be a professional writer to enjoy it as a liberating form of self-expression.
In this post, Dr Dan Kilvingon, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, looks at the misjudged comment of Football Association Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, who was forced to apologise for an offensive comment in relation to the FA’s rule banning political symbols.
This week, we are launching our 'Beckett Trends' blog series. Every day we will be bringing you expert insight from our academics into the trends and issues we expect to see hitting the headlines in 2018.
As the fourth season of the BBC drama, Peaky Blinders, gets underway, we look back to a blog post from Professor Heather Shore which was published as the first series got underway...
This May, a three-day international conference to celebrate Caribbean carnival culture was held at Leeds Beckett University for the first time. In this blog post, conference organiser, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, looks back on the success of the event whilst looking forward to the future of Caribbean carnival culture research at the University.
In this blog post, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature, tells the story of her recent research visit to Trinidad where she immersed herself in the culture and history of the traditional masquerade (mas), the Midnight Robber.
In today's post, historian Dr Shane Ewen draws on his extensive research into the British fire service and charts the history of the yuletide fire safety campaign all the way back to Victorian times.
Irrespective of the credibility of claims that racist abuse has been largely eradicated from football stadiums, there is growing evidence of a large volume of abuse circulating among the ‘prosumers’ (producers and consumers) of social media, say Professor Jonathan Long and Dr Dan Kilvington in today's blog post.
Dr Daniel Kilvington
In this blog post Dr Simon Morgan looks at the life of George Thompson, a British antislavery orator and activist who died in Leeds.
Dr Rachel Connor, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett, is currently involved in a research project at Harvard University, where an extract of her BBC 4 radio drama is featured in an exhibition ‘Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology and Culture.’
Last week, PhD students Michael Reeve and Andrew McTominey hosted an event at the Leeds Library to explore how regional identity is expressed across the North of England. In this blog post, they share their experience of the successful event.
Dr Emily Marshall has recently returned from the ‘Turning Tides’ conference in Trinidad, hosted by the University of the West Indies. In this blog post, Emily shares with us the ideas behind her presentation at the conference on the Trinidadian carnival trickster, The Midnight Robber.
In this post, Dr James McGrath, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett, assesses the changing public perceptions of autism in the last 80 years.
In this blog post, Dr Emily Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature in the School of Cultural Studies, reflects on the forthcoming screening of a film based on her grandfather Joseph Zobel’s novel, La Rue Cases-Nègres.
In this blog post Dr Emily Marshall, who specialises in Postcolonial and migrant literatures and cultures, reflects on her recent trip to the American Folklife archives in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
In this blog post Dr Katy Shaw, Principal Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Subject Lead for Literature at Leeds Beckett University reviews Russell Brand’s new film, The Emperor’s New Clothes.
On Thursday 5 March, Dr Lynne Hibberd, Dr Zoë Thompson and Dr Casey Orr paid a visit to the Rhubarb Triangle location of Oldroyd's Farm in Wakefield. The team are spear-heading a project which looks at rhubarb as central to Yorkshire identity, gathering people's stories about rhubarb. In this blog post, Lynne relates her experience of the day.
Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb took place this weekend and the Media and Place research cluster were roaming the streets in search of rhubarb stories. In this post, Dr Lynne Hibberd reports on the team's progress so far.
As the North-South divide hits the news again this week, with the ever-expanding force of London leading to more and more decline in our northern towns, Dr Lynne Hibberd and her research team are examining what it means to be northern and what the future of our northern towns may be. Is it really grim up North?
Earlier this month, Our University's Centre for Culture and the Arts held a successful Caribbean Carnival Symposium, bringing together a community of people involved in and interested in the Caribbean carnival, including such hugely popular events as the Notting Hill and Leeds West Indian Carnivals. Dr Emily Zobel Marshall organised the event with Dr Max Farrar.
In this post, Dr Emily Marshall reports on her recent trip to Santa Fe to attend, and present her research on Brer Rabbit, at the American Folklore Society's annual meeting.
Professor Kevin Hylton, Chair of Leeds Beckett University's Race Equality and Diversity Forum shares his thoughts about Black History Month.
In today's blog post, Dr Robert Burroughs of the Leeds Beckett University Centre for Culture and the Arts shares his experience of the recent 'Europe Made in Africa' conference, which took place in Sweden.
As the Commonwealth Games gets underway in Glasgow, Dr Lynne Hibberd, Lecturer in Media, Communication and Cultures takes a look at how Parasports will be featured by the media.
On Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July, Leeds Metropolitan University held a Media and Place conference to launch a new masters degree in Media and discuss research from around the world. Dr Lynne Hibberd was one of the organisers of the event.
The Tour de France is coming to town tomorrow and Lynne Hibberd is reflecting on the way that we now use media to document such moments in time and place, leading up to Leeds Met's Media and Place conference next weekend and the launch of the new masters degree in Media.
Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall, Course Director in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, discusses her interview with Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which took place at the Kings Hall in Ikley on Friday 30 May as part of the Ilkley Literature Festival. The event was sponsored by the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett.
In this blog post History lecturer Dr Kelly Hignett considers the political ramifications following the news that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been freed from jail pending an appeal against a five-year jail term, after a conviction for embezzlement, in a case widely condemned as political.
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