We will celebrate the discipline’s intellectual strength, diversity and creativity and explore its futures in the nations of the UK and across the world.

Wednesday 5th July

10.30 – 12.15  Registration

11.30 – 12.30 English Association Welcoming/Mentoring Session Pandon Room More info

12.30 – 1.45 Panel Sessions

  1. Defending, Advocating, Promoting the Value and Importance of Literary Study (Early Career Academics – ECA)
  2. HEA Roundtable: Who We Are
  3. B/Orders of Standard English: Registering Linguistic Difference in the Academic Writing Classroom
  4. Investigating English: Translating Linguistic Research for the Secondary English Classroom
  5. Migration and Borders
  6. Beyond Story – An Examination of the ‘Authentic’ in Fiction and Poetry
  7. Contemporary Women’s Writing: Archiving for the Future (Contemporary Women’s Writing Association – CWWA)
  8. Shared Responsibility: Auto/Biography and the Ethics of Representation
  9. Feminist Pedagogies, Feminist Classrooms
  10. Place Writing: People, Partnerships and Pedagogy; or Impact, Exchange and Policy
  11. Teaching 21st Century Genre
  12. Digital Humanities: GIS and English Studies
  13. Book Parts: Flash Panel

2.00 – 3.15 English: The Journal of the English Association presents the Plenary Panel

Literary Biography: Andrew Hadfield, Kathryn Hughes, Martin Stannard

3.30 – 4.45 Panel Sessions

  1. University English (UE) presents The Discipline of English and the Work of the Humanities
  2. English Association Literary Salon: Helen Mort
  3. Contemporary British Tragedy: Re-imagining Spectatorship and Community through Ethics and Affect / Immersive Poetics: Creative Response Writing as an Enactive Approach to Poetry
  4. Making it New: On the Future of Modernist Studies (British Association for Modernist Studies – BAMS)
  5. HEA Teaching Surgery
  6. Useless Articles: English and Instrumentalism
  7. Poetics of Feminism
  8. Knowledge About Language and Linguistics in the Classroom
  9. Contemporary Women’s Writing: Apocalyptic Narratives (CWWA)
  10. Social Justice and Literature Workshop
  11. Realists of a Larger Reality: Teaching Genre Fiction Writing (NAWE)
  12. Literary Societies in Action: Creativity, Engagement and Learning
  13. The Concept of Storyworld in Relation to the Impact of New Technology of Writing Practices

5.00 – 6.15 Panel Sessions

  1. University English (UE) presents The Discipline of English and the Work of the Humanities
  2. English Association Literary Salon: Elleke Boehmer
  3. Women Who Dare (NAWE)
  4. Making it New is the Oldest Trick in the Book: On Current Modernist Studies (BAMS)
  5. How to Get Published?  A Roundtable on Publishing (ECA)
  6. Creative Work and Critical Practice: a Roundtable (CWWA)
  7. Close Reading and Queer Reputation-Building
  8. Reshaping Reality: Creative Work in Progress
  9. ‘trans-‘
  10. Neo-Victorian Mortalities
  11. Goldsmiths’ Writers Reading
  12. Make Your Own Mocktail: MESH Journal Launch

6.15 – 7.30 Conference Drinks Reception in association with Palgrave, with the launch of Ben Knights’ Pedagogic Criticism (2017)

Cultural Fringe Events

The Materiality of Books Workshop 16:00 to 17:30

Join Hannah Humes and Joanna Taylor as they explore the materiality of books as objects in collections. The workshop will offer practical insight into working in libraries and how the digital humanities can offer exciting and original understandings of collections.  It will also include an introduction to working with collections and a show-and-tell session of some of the special resources held at the Lit & Phil!

The Literary and Philosophical Society, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Migration and Borders Poetry Reading 19:30 to 20:30

Mary Jean Chan, Hannah Lowe, and Jennifer Wong

Mary Jean will be reading new work, as well as her 2017 shortlisted Forward Prize for Best Single Poem; Hannah will read from her books Chick and Chan and Jennifer will read new work alongside pieces from her book Goldfish.

Quilliam Brothers’ Tea House, 1 Eldon Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RD

Thursday 6th July

9.30 – 10.45 Panel Sessions

  1. Delivering English: a roundtable of subject leads and department heads
  2. Experience, Practice and Pedagogy: ECA Open Voices Session
  3. After Brexit: Life without Erasmus (NAWE)
  4. Performing Shakespeare’s Language Then and Now (British Shakespeare Association – BSA)
  5. ‘The Past is My Present to Your Future’: Capitalizing on the Linguistic Heritage of the North East
  6. Literature and Cultural Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century
  7. Flight Paths in English Studies: Searching for Lines of Consistency in Learner Activity from 11 to Postgraduate (and Beyond)
  8. The Borders of Irish Literature (British Association for Irish Studies – BAIS)
  9. Closed Circles? English Literature and the Return of Canonical Exclusivity
  10. Renaissance Outreach (Society for Renaissance Studies – SRS)
  11. Teaching Excellence Framework Workshop (HEA)
  12. Distance Learning: default or fault?
  13. Cross-Pollination:Politics,, Railways, Publications and Productions

11.00 – 12.15 Panel Sessions

  1. Don’t Give Up Your Day Job: Preparing Creative Writing Graduates for Lifelong Careers (NAWE)
  2. Working Outside the Academy: NAWE Creative Writing Postgraduate Network (NAWE)
  3. The Future of the Victorians: Victorians in the 21st century (British Association for Victorian Studies – BAVS)
  4. Sharing Shakespeare’s Language (BSA)
  5. Contemporary Fiction, Method, Manifesto: Towards a Response
  6. Audio-Visual Romanticism
  7. What Kind of Knowledge is Creative Writing?
  8. Towards a Theory of Poetry Writing Development
  9. Gender, Sexuality and (Un)doing English
  10. Tomorrow’s English Today: Problems in Predicting the Linguistic Future
  11. Writing Shared Futures:  African American Literature and Racialisation (British Association for American Studies – BAAS)
  12. At the Borders of Globalisation
  13. Contemporary Women’s Writing and Book Publication Workshop (CWWA)
  14. Grassroot Feminist Novels of Sixties England / Celebrity Culture and Corruption in the Indian Graphic Novel Legends of Halahala / John Donne

12.30 – 1.45 Panel Sessions

  1. Strange Cargo: Poetry Reading by US, UK and Australian Poets (NAWE)
  2. From A Level to HE: Reading
  3. On Reflection: Voice and Medium in the Reflective Component of Practice-Led Research
  4. Literature, Science and In-between (British Society for Literature and Science BSLS)
  5. Global Futures
  6. PhD Students Teaching Workshop (ECA) [Numbers limited, pre-booking required]
  7. Academia, Scholarly Societies and Engaged Publics (British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)
  8. The Future of the Victorians: Digital Curation (BAVS)
  9. Competence Modelling and English Literature
  10. Romanticism, Mutability and Mobilite
  11. Multi-Cultural Textualities I: Religion, Secularism, Space and Place
  12. Ethics in Memoir, Poetry and Fiction (NAWE)
  13. Contemporary Women’s Writing and the Academic Journal: Professional Development Workshop (CWWA)
  14. ‘Between and Across Languages’: Scottish Literary Studies in the Twenty-first Century (Association for Scottish Literary Studies)

2.00 – 3.15 Plenary – Language and the Problem of Female Authority, Deborah Cameron

3.30 – 4.45 Panel Sessions

  1. Employability and English Studies
  2. English Association Literary Salon: John Mullan
  3. Sharing Pedagogies Integrating English project and Poetics and Linguistics Association
  4. Literature and the New Cognitive Science
  5. From A Level to HE: Writing
  6. Creative Pedagogy and Public Engagement with Modernism
  7. Public Linguistics and Impact
  8. Renaissance Literature Beyond the Canon (SRS)
  9. The Environmental Humanities: Changing Ecologies, Persistence and Possibility
  10. Creative Writing in Higher Education: Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Public Benefit and Income Generation
  11. Multi-Cultural Textualities II: South Asia, History, Genre and Gender
  12. Defining the Contemporary (Contemporary Studies Network)
  13. Poetry: Form and Experiment Workshop (NAWE)
  14. Romanticism and the Stigmatised: Transnationalism, Migration and Trauma

5.00 – 6.15 Panel Sessions

  1. A Dialogue on Funding (Institute of English Studies – IES)
  2. English Association Literary Salon: Dinah Birch
  3. REF for PhDs and Early Career Academics (ECA)
  4. ECAs and PhDs in an Age of Anxiety (ECA)
  5. Sharing Futures Across Primary, Secondary and University Education (BSA)
  6. Harold Rosen: Writings on Life, Language and Learning 1958 to 2008
  7. Englishes: Writing and Thinking in Multiple Voices
  8. What Do We Do When We Analyse Texts? (Poetics and Linguistics Association)
  9. Divided by a Common Language: Creative Writing Discourse in the US, UK and Australia (NAWE)
  10. The Living Archive: Archives and Contemporary Poetry
  11. Shakespeare 400+
  12. Romantic Liminology: A Roundtable Discussion
  13. The Environmental Humanities: The Interdependent Present

Cultural Fringe Events

Seven Stories: Talk, Archive, Exhibitions, Tour: come along for all or part of the day! 10:30 to 15:00 (to include lunch at 12:30)

The Seven Stories Collection and the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Silent Book Collection: Jessica Medhurst introduces both collections in this interactive workshop and discusses the retellings, adaptations and interpretations of children’s books.

A Noisy Silence: Wendy O’Shea-Meddour discusses the issues of ‘diversity’ (or the lack of it) in contemporary children’s books, and considers how we textually construct ‘the Other.’

Lunch @ 12:30

Creative Writing in the footsteps of David Almond and Lorna Hill: tour of Victoria Tunnel

Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

To book, and arrange transport, please email Helen Limon @

The Cold Boat Green Room 13:00 – 14:00

Join Tracy Gillman and Joanne Clement in this informal space to hear Poetry of Witness in performance and watch topical cinema screenings. Take part in the conversation or sit back and listen. All welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch or refreshments.

Culture Lab, Newcastle University, King’s Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

Domestic Noir and the rise of the thriller women & landscapes of crime: sea, sand and fair grounds 16:00 to 17:30

Nicky Harlow and Joanne Reardon Lloyd will read from their PhD crime novels and discuss aspects of their research into the genre. Nicky will be looking at women as readers, writers, criminals and victims in Domestic Noir thrillers; Joanne will be exploring the influence of landscape on crime writers. The session will finish with a writing workshop: ‘Last meals’.

The Literary and Philosophical Society, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Three Laureates’ Reading: Carol Ann Duffy, Lorna Goodison and Jackie Kay 18:30 to 19:45

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts welcomes three very distinguished poets, Carol Ann Duffy, Lorna Goodison and Jackie Kay who are the poet laureates of England, Jamaica and Scotland respectively, for a reading which celebrates the pleasures of poetry and the power of its public role. Carol Ann Duffy’s Collected Poems was published in 2015, whilst Lorna Goodison’s Collected Poems has just been published this spring. Jackie Kay’s new collection, Bantam, is available from the autumn.

Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Please note you do need to book for this event at

British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies Launch Party 18:30 (to include a buffet)

BACLS is pleased to celebrate its launch as a new learned society in 2017 at a party during the ESF conference.

As You Like It (terrace bar), Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1DB

The Humour of Failure: Laughing at the Achievement Society 21:00–22.00

What does failure mean? Are you a failure? Do you find it difficult to remain upbeat and engaged? Does your capacity to hope seem merely a mocking reminder of your powerlessness? Lars Iyer and William Large, aka the fictional characters Lars and W. of Lars Iyer’s Spurious trilogy (Melville House, 2011-13), consider how humour might permit a tactics of withdrawal from contemporary opportunism and cynicism.

Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1LD


Friday 7th July

9.30 – 10.45 Panel Sessions

  1. Shared Subject Knowledge? English Across School, University, and PGCE
  2. Researching Living Writers
  3. Sexual Harrassment in Higher Education
  4. Roundtable on BAME ECA Experiences (ECA)
  5. Paper Nations: Building a Creative nation for Young Writers (NAWE)
  6. Performing the Archive: Wild Laughter and the Work of Sidelong Glance
  7. Anglo-Saxon Futures I: Roundtable discussion
  8. Epic Transformation? Developing the English Curriculum at University
  9. Literature in Britain Today: Findings of a National Opinion Poll (Royal Society of Literature)
  10. Renaissance Literature: New Pedagogies (SRS)
  11. HEA Fellowship Workshop
  12. What is the Industry Standard for Digital Research in English?
  13. Writing Workshop: The Poem as Witness: War and its Aftermath

11.00 – 12.15 Panel Sessions

  1. The Past, Present and Future of Postcolonial Literary Studies
  2. Broadcasting English
  3. Shared Futures for Literary Theory I
  4. Contemporary British and American Poetics: the Trans-Atlantic Avant-Garde (Centre for Contemporary Poetry)
  5. Englishes Online
  6. Teaching Through Imitation
  7. Anglo-Saxon Futures II: Roundtable discussion
  8. Career Development Workshop (ECA) [Numbers limited, pre-booking required]
  9. National Literatures and New ‘Englishes’: Writing from Wales
  10. External Examining and Academic Standards: seeking greater consistency (HEA)
  11. Renaissance Literature: New Perspectives
  12. English Studies and Careers: Opening a Conversation
  13. Beyond the East/West Divide

12.30 – 1.45 Panel Sessions

  1. How to Grow an English Student (Common English Forum)
  2. The Real Future of Reading (IES)
  3. Shared Futures for Literary Theory II
  4. Literary Research and Teaching in the Age of DH
  5. Academics in the Classroom: How Can Universities Deliver English Outreach for Schools?
  6. Reflections on Time and Place: the Creative Writing PhD in Historical Fiction
  7. How Can Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes Support People to Improve their Mental Health
  8. Writing (out of) Wales
  9. Literary Criticism in an Age of Radical Politics
  10. Hometowns and Influences (NAWE)
  11. Awake and Present: a roundtable on why contemporary literary studies matters (British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies)
  12. The Future of English Studies I: Periodisation
  13. Pioneering Women

2.00 – 3.15 The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society ALCS presents the Plenary – Creative Writing, Bernardine Evaristo

3.30 – 4.45 Panel Sessions

  1. Diversity in Teaching and Learning (NAWE)
  2. English Association Literary Salon: Marina Warner
  3. Music as Literature, Literature as Music
  4. Creativity and Research in the 21st Century (NAWE)
  5. Across the Great Divide: the Scientific Humanities and the Future of the Discipline
  6. Difficult Identities: How the Academy and Literature Must Do Justice to their Own Complexity
  7. Story as Medicine: Creative Writing Workshop
  8. CWWA Meeting
  9. Crossing Borders in the Nineteenth Century: Genre and Time
  10. Transnational Scholarship and the Digital Edition
  11. Scholarly Editing in the 21st Century
  12. The Future of English Studies II: English Studies in Ruins? (ECA)

5.00 – 6.15 Plenary – Martin Luther King in Newcastle, Brian Ward

Cultural Fringe Events

Friday 7th July

The Cold Boat Green Room 13:00 – 14:00

Join Joanne Clement and Tracy Gillman in this informal space to hear Poetry of Witness in performance and watch topical cinema screenings. Take part in the conversation or sit back and listen. All welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch or refreshments.

Culture Lab, Newcastle University, King’s Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

You may like to visit this exhibition:

Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

Palace Green Library, Durham University (27 May – 3 September 2017)

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