Date & time

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
11:00 - 16:00


Imperial College London
Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus
London, SW7 2AZ

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About this day

For A-level students of the AQA A specification

This brand-new inspirational study day will provide comprehensive support for all students tackling this new A-level option of the AQA A specification. Lively and outstanding speakers will enthuse, inform and entertain with a diverse range of talks, giving students the vital information, insights and confidence to achieve maximum examination success. The day will be chaired by former Chief Examiner Stella Canwell MBE. We are delighted that the author Pat Barker CBE will speak at this event.

Programme & speakers

Pat Barker Pat Barker CBE, Writer and novelist

Pat Barker will read from and answer questions about her writing, including Regeneration.

Pat Barker CBE

About Pat Barker CBE

Pat Barker is an award-winning writer and novelist, best known for her Regeneration Trilogy. Her writing often explores difficult subjects such as prostitution, homosexuality, mental illness, trauma, war and murder. Her novel Regeneration, with its blend of history and unflinching eye for detail in addressing the physical and mental effects of war, is highly studied and a popular set text for A-level English Literature students.

Poetry in the First World War: new frontier or doggerel march? Mario Petrucci, Poet

Mario’s insights into poetry highlight the contrast between what was written before and after WW1. He will encourage student participation, guiding hands-on activities designed to explore core literary themes, including women writers and the early work of key poets.

Mario Petrucci

About Mario Petrucci

Mario Petrucci is a multi-award winning poet, educator and broadcaster. Former poet in residence at the Imperial War Museum, he talks widely on the First World War and its poetry, specialising in Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Vera Brittain.  His remarkable poetry soundscape Tales from the Bridge was a centrepiece of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry.   A fascinating and experienced speaker, his insightful approach to the subject – endorsed by examiners and teachers alike – is both accessible and profoundly relevant.

A soldier's perspective Taff Gillingham, Military Historical Advisor

Taff Gillingham will look at the men who made up the army of WW1, their uniforms, equipment and living conditions. This insightful, entertaining session, helps to highlight the soldier’s perspective and put the tactics of the time into context.

Taff Gillingham

About Taff Gillingham

Taff Gillingham is a professional military historical advisor for film, television and theatre work, advising on many productions including the TV series ‘Downton Abbey’, and the 2012 film ‘Private Peaceful’.  He has a vast knowledge of the uniforms and equipment of the British and Commonwealth soldiers of the first half of the twentieth century.  He runs The Association for Military Remembrance, which researches military history 1899 – 1960, is a former trustee of The Suffolk Regiment Museum and is Chairman of the Suffolk Branch of The Western Front Association.


Time of composition and gender of author Jon Rich, A-level examiner and teacher

This session will explore how contemporary writers were only able to reflect current happenings while later writers had the benefit of hindsight. It will explore how a writer’s gender may have affected their choice of subject material and setting.

Jon Rich

About Jon Rich

Jon Rich taught English and Classical Civilisation for many years. He has been a Senior Examiner for AQA for A-level English Literature for over thirty years and is a coursework Moderator.

Preparing for the exam Jon Rich, A-level examiner and teacher

Jon Rich addresses how students should read questions, how to 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. The student is the maker of meaning and the examiner assesses how successfully that meaning has been developed, supported and conveyed.

Jon Rich

About Jon Rich

Jon Rich taught English and Classical Civilisation for many years. He has been a Senior Examiner for AQA for A-level English Literature for over thirty years and is a coursework Moderator.