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Recognition for the Department’s Research Excellence

Our outstanding research environment and our impact on public life, community, and culture have been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
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New issue of our Postgraduate English journal

We’re delighted to announce the publication of volume 43 of Postgraduate English, our groundbreaking journal which has been publishing worldwide early-career literature scholars since 2000.
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Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
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New art exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war

A new multimedia exhibition curated by Dr Louisa Uchum Egbunike commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war (1967-1970), and examines the legacies of Biafra by showcasing works from the artistic collective Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK).
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Ideas for Positive Change: Writing Fiction About the Climate Crisis

What role might fiction play in helping readers to come to terms with the climate crisis? Dr Naomi Booth shares her ‘idea for positive change’ in this talk recorded for Durham Book Festival.
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New issue of our Postgraduate English journal

We’re delighted to announce the publication of volume 42 of Postgraduate English, our groundbreaking journal which has been publishing worldwide early-career literature scholars since 2000.
Postgraduate English: Publishing postgraduate research since 2000

Late Summer Lectures

Our popular Late Summer Lecture series will travel through the past, present and future of literature this summer.
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English Studies academics recognised in two of Nation’s most coveted literary awards

We are celebrating the phenomenal success of two of our own - Sunjeev Sahota and Kayo Chingonyi - following the recognition their work has received from the Booker Prize and the Forward Prize for Poetry respectively.
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Transforming Our Understanding of Voice-Hearing

Durham University researchers are changing the way people think about experiences of hearing voices.
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Support For Voice-Hearers Goes Online

People who hear voices, their families and mental health professionals will benefit from a new information and support website based on research by Durham University.
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Why is Breathlessness Invisible?

As part of the Life of Breath project, Professor Jane Macnaughton, Co-Director in the Centre for Medical Humanities, examines Breathlessness and looks at how research may lead to new treatments to relieve the distressing symptoms of this debilitation condition.
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Student News

Studying English at Durham

What has it been like to study English during the pandemic?
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