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
Wendy Cope OBE Wendy Cope OBE, Poet
Wendy Cope will read from and discuss her work before taking questions from the audience.
About Wendy Cope OBE
Wendy Cope is a contemporary poet whose work is best known for its humour and parody, often off-set with self-reflection. She has a keen eye for the everyday, mundane aspects of English life.
Reading narratives of love over time Simon Avery, University of Westminster
Simon Avery will consider a range of nineteenth and twentieth century literary texts in order to explore the complex idea of love in the novel and how love is shaped by various social, political and historical factors.
About Simon Avery
Dr Simon Avery is Reader in nineteenth-century literature and culture at the University of Westminster, where he teaches courses on fiction and poetry from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Love in Shakespeare Emma Smith, University of Oxford
Emma Smith explores how Shakespeare presents and stages ideas about love and romance across tragedy and comedy using examples from selected texts. 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.
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 for many years. He has been a Senior Examiner for over thirty years and is also a Moderator for NEA and Examiner for Classical Civilisation.