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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.

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Review of Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Well, was it worth the wait? Was all the fuss of having a woman playing Doctor Who (I’m old fashioned) all that it was cracked up to be?

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Doctor Who aims to destroy from within

A new series of Doctor Who has begun, and it truly is the final straw, the end of the line. Over and out. Those unheeding fat-cat execs have made a terrible mistake, and I predict that the once loyal fanbase will soon turn against the show, the ratings will plummet and things will never be the same.

24/10/18
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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.

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Windrush Bacchanal: Leeds West Indian Carnival Troupe Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Arrival of Empire Windrush

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush bringing Caribbean migrants to Britain, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall reflects on the history of Caribbean culture in Britain and how it has enriched our lives both here in Leeds and throughout the country.

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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.  

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ECB Reaching Out to South Asian Communities

Four Leeds Beckett University academics have produced a report - South Asian Communities and Cricket (Bradford and Leeds) - on behalf of Yorkshire Cricket Partnership.

15/05/18
Leeds Beckett University Professor Kevin Hylton
Leeds Beckett University Professor Jonathan Long
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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.

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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...

17/11/17
Leeds Beckett University Professor Heather Shore
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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.

How Last of the Summer Wine has changed memories of Holmfirth

A new study by academics from Leeds Beckett University has explored the way in which BBC series Last of the Summer Wine has permanently changed people’s memories of the town of Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. Senior Lecturers in Media and Cultural Studies, Dr Lynne Hibberd and Dr Zoë Tew-Thompson, discuss their new research, which has been published in the latest edition of Memory Studies journal.

20/12/16
Leeds Beckett University Dr Lynne Hibberd
Leeds Beckett University Dr Zoe Tew-Thompson

Putting Leeds's goth scene into perspective

On the evening of 16 November, in his role as an expert researcher on alternative music and sub-cultures, Karl Spracklen, Professor of Music, Leisure and Culture, was lined up with three other experts to discuss the history of the goth scene in Leeds, and its future.

Bradford home to the new Rugby League museum

In this post, Professor Karl Spracklen, Professor Jonathan Long and Dr Carol Osborne reflect on the announcement of a new National Rugby League Museum in Bradford.

28/09/16
Professor Karl Spracklen Professor Karl Spracklen
Leeds Beckett University Professor Jonathan Long
Leeds Beckett University Dr Carol Osborne

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.

20/09/16
Leeds Beckett University Dr Michael Reeve
Leeds Beckett University Andrew McTominey
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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.

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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.

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Black History Month

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

30/09/14
Leeds Beckett University Professor Kevin Hylton
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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.

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.

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Arts funding under scrunity

In light of recent comments from the Culture Secretary, Professor Jonathan Long, an expert in leisure policy from the University's Carnegie Faculty explores the impact the arts makes to society.

02/05/13
Leeds Beckett University Professor Jonathan Long

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