Date & time

Fri, 9 Dec 2022
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

Ticket price

£22 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

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.

Programme & speakers

Poetry reading Wendy Cope OBE, Poet

Wendy Cope OBE will read from and discuss her work before taking questions from the audience.

Wendy Cope OBE

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.

Couples, Triangles, Wrecktangles Peter Howarth, Queen Mary, University of London

Love poetry is supposed to be for one special ‘you’, but lyric poems are often strategically vague about who that ‘you’ is.  Why do love poems so often involve more than two people in the relationship?

Peter Howarth

About Peter Howarth

Peter Howarth is Professor of Modern Literature at Queen Mary, and the author of The Poetry Circuit (OUP, 2022) and The Cambridge Introduction to Modernist Poetry.

Reading narratives of love over time Michael Meeuwis, University of Warwick

Michael will 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.

Michael Meeuwis

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 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.

Emma Smith

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.