Surrey English Blog

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

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 […]

Surrey Writers in Los Angeles for the AWP Conference

Angela and I are excited to attend the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) 2016 conference in Los Angeles this week! The conference starts Wednesday evening and runs through Saturday evening; this gathering is ‘an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers’ (  Over 12,000 people will attend the four-day conference. […]

Surrey New Writers Festival 2016

Dr Paul Vlitos (Lecturer in Creative Writing) writes about the upcoming Surrey New Writers Festival hosted by the School of English and Languages.  Are you a budding writer? Do you want to find out more about the world of publishing? Tickets are selling fast for the 2016 Surrey New Writers Festival – organised and hosted […]

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