Surrey English Blog

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

Skyfall: Bond and Tennyson

James Bond and Alfred Tennyson seem like an odd pairing. In their own ways, though, they’re both British institutions, old-fashioned and perhaps outdated. They might be loved or tolerated for their place in cultural history, but, arguably, they’re not immediately relevant to twenty-first-century concerns. This issue is directly addressed in the latest 007 film, Skyfall, […]


Creative Writing at Surrey

 It’s been an exciting week for Creative Writing at the University of Surrey, with the first writer to graduate from our Creative Writing PhD programme, Liam Bell, being awarded both his doctorate and Arts Council funding to complete his second novel.  Liam’s first novel, So It Is – which also formed the basis of his […]


Storytelling, Reality, and Documentary Fiction

Recently, Hamish Hamilton Canada announced plans to publish Michael Winter’s forthcoming novel, Minister Without Portfolio, in September 2013. I’m a fan of Winter’s work and will look forward to reading the novel; I found his last novel The Death of Donna Whalen (Penguin, 2010) challenging, disturbing, and engaging. It also prompted me to consider current cultural preoccupations […]


Dickens and the Visual Imagination Conference

Events have been taking place throughout 2012 to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Dickens is an iconic figure in British culture and English literature, and over the course of the year so far the celebrations of his bicentenary have often seemed to merge, along with the Diamond Jubilee and the build-up […]


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