Surrey English Blog

The blog for English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Surrey

Poldark: From Paper to Reality

Final Year Undergraduate Student Jessica Danielle Shenika Madanayake speaks about Comic Con and her dissertation on Poldark. As a third year student doing English Literature with Creative Writing, I found that doing my dissertation on something that I was passionate about opened up possibilities that I could never have imagined. Whilst I only wrote the […]


Lost in the Garden of Perfect Brightness: My Creative Writing PhD Fieldtrip to Beijing, China

Current PhD Creative Writing student Melissa Addey writes about her recent research trip to China. I should have known there would be trouble ahead when I watched a documentary with my husband about Beijing. The camera panned across the cityscape and I recoiled. “It’s so ugly,” I wailed. My husband laughed. “You’ve got 18th century […]


The Graduate Returns

School of English and Languages graduate Ellie Kerr-Smiley will return to chair a panel at the upcoming Surrey New Writers Festival on 6 May 2017.  In this blog post, Ellie writes about her experiences at Surrey and her development as a creative writer.   When I first attended The Surrey New Writer’s Festival as a nineteen-year-old […]


Disability, Arts and Health Conference

Dr. Donna McCormack (Lecturer in English Literature) speaks about the recent conference she co-organised as the coordinator of the Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health. This event was funded by the Nordic Culture Fund and the Bergen University Fund, and was organised in collaboration with the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research at the University of Bergen, Norway. […]


New kid on the block to leaders in the field: The School of English & Languages celebrates Number 1 National Student Survey results

I am absolutely delighted to see how well both English Literature and Spanish at the University of Surrey have performed in the 2016 National Student Survey. Both English Literature and Spanish have been awarded 100% for overall satisfaction in the most recent survey of final year undergraduate students, achieving number one rankings in their respective […]


Medical Humanities in its Global Context

Dr. Donna McCormack (Lecturer in English Literature) speaks about organising an interdisciplinary workshop and doctoral course on the medical humanities and its global, postcolonial and gender contexts. This event was supported by seed funding from the University of Bergen, Norway, and was organised in collaboration universities across the UK, South Africa, Norway and Sweden. It […]


Coming Back from AWP 2016

Dr Angela Szczepaniak (Lecturer in Creative Writing) shares her account of a successful and eventful week at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Los Angeles.  We are back in the sunny UK after a fantastic AWP Los Angeles (who needs all that Hollywood glam and Vitamin D anyway?)! All the lost hotel reservations […]


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