Saturday, 28 September 2013

English Literature students visit Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre during Induction week

Students of English Literature, and English Literature and Creative Writing, work and play hard during Induction week. The highlight is a visit to Cheltenham's historic Everyman theatre. This gorgeous Victorian theatre runs a lively programme all year round and is very much at the heart of Cheltenham's cultural life.

Here are some of one student's photos of the theatre:

 
 
 

Photos courtesy of Emily Coleman, class of 2016.
 

We think there's no better way to introduce students to their new home town than to to explore its cultural history. Freshmen students research, create and present a project on the theme Literary Cheltenham: Writing the Town. Every group of students came up with something new, or a fresh insight, reminding us that research is really a matter of curiosity, noticing things, seeing anew.
 
Students then contributed an idea, image or, in the case of one group, a collage of words and images to an oversized map of Cheltenham; a map of cultural or psychogeographic space. Our Writer in Residence, Anna Lawrence Pietroni, and Dr Debby Thacker led this part of the project; the English Literature team joined students for a round-table discussion at the presentations.
 
The best thing about this project is that students devise their own ways of looking, reflecting, and working. Our thanks go to all who took part.

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