Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Don't discount this career opportunity

Students choose to read English Literature at University because they love the subject. Some of us also choose it because we cannot add up. But a career in accounting may not be as wild a proposition as we had thought. Here's news of a career event from Vera Telford of the UoG's Careers & Employability team. Please get in touch with her if you're interested.

Calling students of all disciplines!
Did you know that the average salary for a Chartered Accountant in a senior role is £100,000 yet only 11% of trainee accountants is from accounting degrees! You can train as an accountant with a degree in any subject so if you think this career path might interest you why not come along to a presentation by ICAEW to find out more about it?
When?            Wednesday 7th December
What time?     1.30 – 2.30
Where?           TC105B, Park Campus
Who?              Adam Moore
   Institute of Chartered Accountants in  
   England & Wales (ICAEW)
Book your free place online at www.bookwhen.com/careers  

(This presentation is organised by the Careers and Employability team. Please ring 01242 714795 if you have any queries about the event.)

Monday, 28 November 2011

Professor Ursula King speaks about global spirituality

Centre for Bible and Spirituality
School of Humanities

‘Spirituality and the Earth Community: Responding to the Spiritual Challenges Facing People and Planet’

Dr Ursula King
Professorial Research Associate at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS)

Professor Ursula King, formerly of Bristol University, and Professorial Research Associate at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS),is one of the UK’s foremost scholars in the area of contemporary spirituality. Her latest book is The Search for Spirituality: our Global Quest for a Spiritual Life (BlueBridge, 2011). Her other  writings include work on Teilhard de Chardin, and gender issues.

Thursday 1 December
Francis Close Hall TC001

Everyone is welcome

Image: the Museum of Peripheral Art http://museumofperipheralart.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html accessed 28 /11/11

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Louder than Bombs: Shelagh Delaney

The playwright Shelagh Delaney, who has died aged 71, caused a sensation with her first play A Taste of Honey (1958). Bored with the drawing room theatre that dominated postwar British playhouses, Delaney borrowed a typewriter, took a fortnight's leave, and wrote her play about a teenage girl, Jo, who falls pregnant after an affair with a young Nigerian sailor; abandoned by her mother, a young gay man looks after her. The play is set in her home town of Salford and articulates the rhythms of its speech and its longings for the first time on the London stage. Delaney turned for writing advice to the great director and producer Joan Littlewood, at that time still co-ordinating a cultural revolution from Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Littlewood's marvellous memoir Joan's Book (1994) offers her side of this intriguing collaboration.

If the author had re-read her script, she certainly hadn't pruned it. It remained as it had been when it emerged from that unbelievable typrewriter. [...] The ending was downbeat. Jo was whisked off to the hospital to have her baby and Geoff lay down on the couch with a life-sized baby doll to commit suicide. We tried several alternatives. Avis [Bunnage] ad libbed the best closing line, 'Can you cut the bread on it yet?'
    How did Shelagh take all this? She arrived from Salford...she was going to watch one of the scenes.
    'Well, we've a lot of disjointed scenes', said Avis, 'and that's about it'.
    'Jazz will solve it' I said. 'Johnnie Wallbank has a group - trumpet, guitar, drums and sax. He can link the scenes and set the mood'.
[...] Shelagh sat through the first run with music. She didn't say a word.
    'What do you make of it?' I asked her.
    'I think it's going to be all right', she said. I don't think she noticed the difference between her draft and the company's adaptation.
[...] The play was a success, the audience arrived with agents and newshounds, anxious to get the lowdown on this teenage wonder. Louis MacNeice, the poet, came, slightly abashed to find himself watching 'this adolescent effusion'.
   Shelagh took all this is her stride, giving interviews, considering offers, opening her first bank account...She was seen in the right pubs coping with the latest drinks and entertaining her hosts with laconic comments in her broad Salford accent. (pp. 517-20)

The Smiths loved her work so much that they put her photo on the cover of  their 1987 compilation album Louder Than Bombs. Shelagh, take a bow.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Archives at the University of Gloucestershire

The University Archives host a fascinating blog. Each month you can read about a particular item, document or other hidden treasure. It also offers research guidance, opening hours at Francis Close Hall, conatcts and other information.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

John Martin (1789-1854): British Romantic

John Martin: Apocalypse is Tate Britain's major exhibition this fall. After years of critical neglect, Martin is now recognised as a highly original Romantic painter of the sublime. Martin's work has a close bond with literature; many of his paintings, mezzotints and prints illustrate English writers, notably Paradise Lost (the painting above is ('Pandenonium', 1841), Byron's Manfred, and the King James Bible. H.P. Lovecraft was quick to appreciate Martin's strange worlds. The painter was

enthralled by the darkly thunderous, apocalyptically majestic, & cataclysmically unearthly power of one who, to me, seemed to hold the essence of cosmic mystery....Night; great desolate pillared halls; unholy abysses & blasphemous torrents; terraced titan cities in far, half-celestial backgrounds whereon shines the light of no familiar sky of men's knowing; shrieking mortal hordes borne downward over vast wastes & down cyclopean gulfs.

Judge for yourself at Tate Britain until 15 January 2012.

Thursday, 3 November 2011


The University of Gloucestershire's Theology team has joined the blogosphere with a cunning pun on the Holy Name. Visit them here.