English Literature - Unlimited Opportunities
English Literature students have a wide range of
opportunities to learn from experienced writers through our
programme of visiting writers.
Visiting writers have included York-born Kate Atkinson, winner
of the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year for her novel
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, set in York; poet and
novelist Jackie Kay; Northern poet,
broadcaster and performer Ian McMillan; novelist and poet Michèle Roberts; award-winning novelist and
short-story writer Nicholas Hogg and poet Linda France.
Literature staff were involved in a project in
which students worked with York St John’s Japan Project Officer to
create English-language versions of a range of Japanese poetic
forms, such as the well-known haiku and less familiar forms such as
tanka. A group of interested staff and students participated in a
‘nijuuin renga’, a kind of poetic collaboration resulting in the
production of a twenty-verse poem. This event was held in the
picturesque gardens of York’s medieval Treasurer’s House, a short
walk from the University.