Surrey English Blog

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

Surrey Music and Drama Society: You’ve Been Tagged

The University of Surrey Music and Drama Society’s first production of the year was utter filth – and I loved it. Written by and starring Laurence Williams (4th Year, English Literature with Creative Writing) and co-directed by Emily Clegg (2nd Year, English Literature with Creative Writing) and Chris Evans, You’ve Been Tagged was a relentlessly […]

Making a Living as a Writer

As part of the University of Surrey Careers Service’s ‘Welcome to my World’ series of talks on Wednesday 21st November our students had the opportunity to attend a fascinating talk from Jonathan Steffen on the topic of how to make a living as a writer. Jonathan Steffen has specialised in international corporate communications for twenty-five […]

Surrey’s Veer Books at the Small Publishers Fair 2012

The first Veer Books publication to be produced at the University of Surrey, Peter Larkin’s Imparkments, was launched as part of the Veer Books readings on Saturday November 17th at the Small Publishers Fair 2012 at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1. The SPF is organized by RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications), […]

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 In their own ways, though, they’re both British institutions, old-fashioned and perhaps outdated.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, […]

Halloween: Paranormal Activity and Suburban Gothic

When looking for evidence of how the gothic manifests itself in contemporary culture, we could do worse than consider the film Paranormal Activity 4, currently in cinemas this Halloween. The idea which runs through the Paranormal Activity series is that the visual technology which is so much a part of contemporary life might just capture […]

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 […]

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