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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.