News and events from the University of Brighton's Humanities programme areas

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English students share experience of their industry placements at Connecting The Dots event

If you study an English course at the University of Brighton you have the chance to take an work placement – and this week students who have worked during their studies at companies including Factory Films and The Old Market Theatre hosted an event to celebrate and feedback on their experiences.

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Epoque Press announce new dissertation prize for University of Brighton English students

  The publishers will support an annual prize for the best dissertation with a prize – graduating students will win books and publication in an Epoque Press e-zine.

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English Literature and Creative Writing student wins Hammer & Tongue spoken-word poetry slam

Read our interview with Merci Roberts where she talks about performing at the event, her course and the lecturers, and living in Brighton, as well as reading her winning poem Justice for Peace. Hi Merci – tell us a bit about the open mic event and the prize “Hammer & Tongue is a spoken word…

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Creative Writing graduate Joseph Lee talks about his studies and life after Uni

I graduated from my full time MA study in Creative Writing in 2021, with a high distinction. During my year of study at University of Brighton, I sharpened my writing skills across a variety of modules including rhetoric, poetry and narrative, as well as becoming a course representative and even publishing an e-book, all remotely!…

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Read work by the University of Brighton’s talented writers

Check out PierreView, a blog dedicated to work by Creative Writing MA students.

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English @ Brighton on Instagram

If you’re a Brighton student, or are thinking about choosing one of our English courses, check out the Instagram account.

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Creative Writing MA grad launches Brighton Aids Memorial Exhibition

While studying Creative Writing at the University of Brighton, Harry Hillery worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust as part of the Communities of Practice module, where they became artist-in-residence and started archiving stories.

Graduates 2021: Leah Squires: MA Creative Writing

I feel proud of what I’ve achieved during my time at the University of Brighton, particularly in light of the lockdown limitations.

Graduates 2021: Marianne Lemond: MA Creative Writing

The positive feedback from the MA tutors has given me more confidence in my ability, whilst their constructive criticism has helped me to become a better writer.

Graduates 2021: Joseph Lee: Creative Writing

Perhaps the biggest thing I’ve learnt is the confidence to stand up and say ‘I am a writer’. Small words with huge potential.

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Creative Writing MA graduate part of Brighton Festival’s Lemn Sissay installation

Graduate Harry Hillery has three pieces of work featured in Brighton’s Stories with Lemn Sissay, which sees the poet and Festival’s Guest Director reading a selection of stories submitted during this art installation in Pavilion Gardens.

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Join us for our summer open days

Get to know us at our summer online open days – from wherever you happen to be.

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Follow our Humanities courses on Instagram

The feed for our literature, creative writing, linguistics, language, history of art and design, history, philosophy and politics.

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Creative Writing students produce writing for sold-out Brighton Festival show

Students from the University of Brighton’s Creative Writing BA(Hons), MA and PhD programme are part of theatre performance Tenebrae: Lessons Learnt in Darkness on 22 May.

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International Women’s Day: A Conversation with Angela Saini on 10 March, 12noon

Students and staff are invited to this free event hosted by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex which sees award-winning science journalist and author of ‘Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong’ and ‘Superior: the Return of Race Science’ speaking to our staff and students. Book your place now.

The Coast is Queer literature festival returns

The LGBTQ+ literature festival returns from 5-7 of February with input and support from University of Brighton.

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Creative Writing MA students release collective anthology

 I Object, an anthology of short stories, poetry and novellas exploring commonplace objects and transforming them into vehicles for nostalgic exploration, notions of loss, hope and discovery, is the first release from digital publishing house Glitch.

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Creative Writing MA grad is 17th on Amazon hot list

Graduate Suzi Bamblett is in Amazon’s top 20 with a book she started on her MA at Brighton, The Travelling Philanthropist.

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English Language and Media graduate launches her calendar of photographs

Charlotte Lillington has been capturing the silent streets during the pandemic and has collated her images in a calendar now for sale.

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Creative Writing MA student launches poetry collection

Darren Beaney’s Honey Dew collection published by Hedgehogpress will launch at Flight of the  Dragonfly Spoken Word zoom event on 8 December.

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Creative Writing MA graduate recognised in story competition

Emily Jane Bell’s story Chick has been awarded third place in the Chalk Circle Short Story  Competition 2020.

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Creative Writing MA student on her placement in Cyprus

This summer Marina Castledine studied Lefkaritika, traditional Cypriot embroidery art, and wrote about it for her studies, supported by Grampus Heritage and funded by Erasmus. Read her report.

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Thinking about choosing an English, linguistics or creative writing degree?

Here are a set of short videos by academic staff who teach literature, language, linguistics and creative writing exploring some of the subjects we teach and/or the approaches we use.

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Anticipation for Rebecca by Suzi Bamblett

A Creative Writing MA graduate who’s about to publish her debut novel has had an article published on the Daphne du Maurier website, her favourite writer, ahead of the Netflix adaptation of the famous book.

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Did you know our English students can get one-to-one support from professional writers?

This year the University of Brighton has two Royal Literary Fund Fellows, published writers Julia Crouch and Dr Hannah Vincent – students can book sessions to focus on their specific writing needs, from essay planning to structuring an argument, to critical thinking, to rewriting and editing.

Exploring claims to Beethoven’s legacy

Humanities researcher Dr Aakanksha Virkar Yates appears on a BBC Radio 3 documentary this Friday 25 September (midday) to discuss Beethoven’s artistic and philosophical legacy and his influence on politics in the early 20th century.

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New book by lecturer explores the dialogue of online sex

Online Sex Talk and the Social World: Mediated Desire  by Chrystie Myketiak investigates online conversations about desire that take place in one community over an 18 month period.

My Clearing journey: Humanities graduate Olivia Weatherill

“I’d known I’d wanted to go to university very early on as a teenager.”

“My degree gave me a unique perspective on writing and creating that I still reflect upon”

When she graduated, alumna Cat van Maanen put her Media and English Literature course learning to immediate practice setting up Conker Magazine.

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“It felt safe for me to be my authentic self for the first time and be automatically accepted for that too”

George Green graduated in English Language and Linguistics in 2014 – he told the university’s alumni team about his experience.

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Think Humanities courses aren’t vocational enough? British Academy report says otherwise

Qualified for the Future (May 2020) demonstrates the tangible benefits of skills developed in the arts, humanities and social sciences to the UK workforce, economy and society, not only now but in the future.

Keep moving forward – Clearing 2020

If you thought you knew where you were headed but you’re considering a change of direction, Clearing 2020 is the moment for you to take another look at your plans before you decide.

Decolonising the Curriculum Issue 3

A new issue of Decolonising the Curriculum, teaching and learning about race equality, is out now. Content is written by University of Brighton staff, students and alumni.

Meet the staff: Jess Moriarty

Dr Jess Moriarty is leader for the Creative Writing programme and course leader for Creative Writing MA and English Literature and Creative Writing BA(Hons) .

Nothing’s Changed, a poem by Veneta Neale

Hear work from MA Creative Writing student Veneta Neale performed by Michael R Bowes.

Why do I want to decolonise our curriculum?

I have just handed in my dissertation to complete my BA in English Literature.

Meet the staff: Vedrana Velickovic

Dr Vedrana Velickovic is a Principal Lecturer in Literature and teaches across modules on single and joint honours degrees in English Literature, Creative Writing, Media and English Language.

Meet the staff: Stephen Maddison

Professor Stephen Maddison is Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science.

In conversations: Jess Moriarty and Veneta Neale

Watch Creative Writing lecturer Dr Jess Moriarty in conversation with current MA Creative Writing student and BA(Hons) Creative Writing graduate Veneta Neale.

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