About this day
For A-level students of the AQA B specification
In a programme designed to inspire, support and entertain, four expert speakers will explore the literary, social and international perspectives of this A-level option, offering comprehensive strategies for approaching set texts. This outstanding day will provide students with invaluable insights and helpful guidance to allow them to achieve their very best in the examination. Topics covered will include Shakespearean tragedy, tragedy in the novel and a session exploring poetry and other genres. We are delighted to announce that former Chief Examiner Stella Canwell MBE will chair this day.
Programme & speakers
Tragedy in Shakespeare Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer
Nick Hutchison will provide insights and entertainment as he explores Shakespearean tragedy, focusing on the role of the tragic villain, the use of plots and sub-plots and the way in which language is used to heighten the sense of tragedy.
About Nick Hutchison
Nick Hutchison is an actor, director and lecturer who has directed Shakespeare’s plays across the globe. He lectures for Shakespeare’s Globe and at universities worldwide and on Jacobean Theatre for LAMDA and RADA.
Defining tragedy, the tragic genre and tragic sub-genres Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author
Neil Bowen will explore definitions and genres of tragedy in terms of literary style, focusing on the literary context for these tragic aspects and using a range of examples from some popular set texts.
About Neil Bowen
An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English. He is the author of The Art of Writing English Essays for GCSE, co-author of The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond and of The Art of Poetry, volumes 1-5. Neil also created and runs the Peripeteia project bridging the gap between A-level and degree level English courses.
Comparing and linking texts across genre and time Julia Geddes, Examiner, teacher, textbook author
Julia Geddes will draw on the set drama and poetry texts to suggest connections across genre and time. She will consider how far ideas of tragedy are subject to change, drawing on a range of critical interpretations. There will be a particular focus on Miller and Keats in this session.
About Julia Geddes
Julia Geddes is an experienced Head of English, a Senior Examiner for a major examination board and a textbook author. She has published many study guides for both GCSE and A-level students.
Reworking tragedy: old forms for new contexts Simon Avery, University of Westminster
Concepts of tragedy have been continually reworked across the centuries in order to deal with new pressing issues and concerns. Drawing on set texts, this session will explore the ways in which the novelists Thomas Hardy and F.Scott Fitzgerald reworked inherited conventions of tragedy.
About Simon Avery
Dr Simon Avery is Reader in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster, where he teaches courses on fiction and poetry from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.