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.
An examiner's perspective Jon Rich, A-level examiner and teacher
This lecture addresses how students should read questions, extract the guidance given in them and how best to address the assessment objectives. There are no ‘right’ answers in English Literature but there are ‘right’ ways to address tasks and to support ideas.
About Jon Rich
Jon Rich taught English and Classical Civilisation for many years. He has been a Senior Examiner for A-level English Literature for over thirty years and is also a Moderator for NEA and Examiner for Classical Civilisation.
Couples, Triangles, Wrecktangles Peter Howarth, Queen Mary, University of London
This talk tracks the ways poetry is particularly good at underspecifying who it is for, and how these creative misdirections of lyric address suggest how much others are involved when love is being declared. Might there always be more people in the relationship than just the happy couple?
About Peter Howarth
Dr Peter Howarth is Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature at Queen Mary, University of London, the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Modernist Poetry and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet. He reviews regularly for the London Review of Books, and is a National Teaching Fellow. The Poetry Circuit, about the rise of performance poetry, is coming out next year with OUP.