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How To Curate A Blog

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.

22/05/19
 Sam Smith
Jacob Ross

Writer in Residence: Jacob Ross

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.

Inside Leeds Library

Through The Pages: 250 Years Of The Leeds Library with Ruth Robbins

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.

15/04/19
Leeds Beckett University Georgia McEneaney
Ruth Robbins Professor Ruth Robbins
Margaret Atwood books at the Leeds LIbrary

Dystopia, Apocalypse and Contemporary Women Writing Now

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.

Horror movie filming

Monsters of the new millennium

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.

Bodily Metaphors

There is No Escaping The Body: Bodily Metaphors and Technology

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

National Writing Day: celebrating the power and pleasure of writing

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.  

Dr Dan Kilvington

In terms of discrimination in football we have a long way to go

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.

Dr Henry Irving

What the Second World War can teach us about recycling in 2018

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.

Tommy Shelby

Peaky Blinders and Gang Related Histories

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...

Arthur France and Emily Zobel Marshall

Celebrating Caribbean Carnival Culture in Leeds

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.

‘My tongue is the blast of a gun!’ On the Road with the Midnight Robbers

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.

“Tis the season to be jolly” – and safe from fires and burns: lessons from history

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.

16/12/16

Social Media: a new site for racism in football

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.

11/11/16
Leeds Beckett University Professor Jonathan Long
Dan Kilvington Dr Daniel Kilvington

Historian explores the life of forgotten British antislavery orator buried in Leeds

In this blog post Dr Simon Morgan looks at the life of George Thompson, a British antislavery orator and activist who died in Leeds.

Martian invasions and other tales: telling stories in museums

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.’

Is it really grim up north?

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.

Midnight robber

Resistance through ‘Robber Talk’: The Transcultural Carnival Trickster in Trinidad

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.

Autism portrayals: then and now

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.

A Caribbean childhood: Sugar Cane Alley comes to Leeds

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.

Tracking tricksters in Washington, DC

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.

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Comics, movies and the 2007-08 credit crunch

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.

23/04/15
Leeds Beckett University Dr Katy Shaw
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Imagining Yorkshire

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.

09/03/15
Leeds Beckett University Dr Lynne Hibberd

In search of rhubarb stories

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.

24/02/15
Leeds Beckett University Dr Lynne Hibberd
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Is it really grim up North?

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?

20/01/15
Leeds Beckett University Dr Lynne Hibberd
Dr Emily Zobel

Caribbean Carnival Culture

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.

Dry grassland

A Visit to the American Folklore Society

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

Black History Month

Professor Kevin Hylton, Chair of Leeds Beckett University's Race Equality and Diversity Forum shares his thoughts about Black History Month.

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Europe Made in Africa

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.

Integration of Commonwealth Games key to its success

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.

24/07/14
Leeds Beckett University Dr Lynne Hibberd

Considering Media and Place

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.

18/07/14
Leeds Beckett University Dr Lynne Hibberd

How will we use media during the Tour de France?

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.

03/07/14
Leeds Beckett University Dr Lynne Hibberd

In conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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.

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny freed on bail

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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