About this day
For A-level students of the AQA A specification
This highly informative and inspirational enrichment day will offer comprehensive support for students preparing for the AQA A A-Level option ‘Love Through the Ages’. During the day, a series of expert speakers will motivate and inform by delivering fascinating presentations on this central literary theme as seen over time. The day will end with a presentation by a leading poet, who will read from and discuss their poetry before taking questions from the audience. The programme will also include an examination session providing invaluable guidance and insights to boost students’ confidence and success. We are delighted to announce that former Chief Examiner Stella Canwell MBE will be chairing the day.
Programme & speakers
Reading narratives of love over time Michael Meeuwis, University of Warwick
Michael consider how love is shaped by social, political and historical factors. He will draw on Tess of the D’Urbevilles, The Great Gatsby and Persuasion and highlight a range of issues which students can apply to their own course texts.
About Michael Meeuwis
Dr Michael Meeuwis is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick. His research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, Romantic and Victorian poetry and nineteenth-century drama and performance studies.
Love in Shakespeare Emma Smith, University of Oxford
Emma Smith will explore how Shakespeare presents and stages ideas about love and romance across tragedy and comedy using examples from Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale. There will be an opportunity for questions.
About Emma Smith
Professor Emma Smith is Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Fellow of Hertford College. Her research focuses on Shakespeare and early modern drama.
Michael Symmons Roberts, Manchester Metropolitan University
Michael Symmons Roberts will deliver a fascinating presentation during which he will read from and answer questions on his poetry. The session will offer students a unique chance to explore the writing of this leading poet.
About Michael Symmons Roberts
Michael Symmons Roberts FRSL is a multi-award-wining British poet and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Roberts has written seven collections of poetry as well as novels, libretti and documentaries. Roberts is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.