The University of Wolverhampton

English studies celebration books a place in University history

The University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Arts celebrated 50 years of teaching English at a prestigious event held in the Chancellor’s Hall at the City Campus, Wolverhampton.

The Golden Anniversary celebration of half a century of English studies at the University saw local author, Mil Millington, join with the Editor of the Express & Star, Keith Harrison, and Young Birmingham Poet Laureate, Matt Windle, for an evening of readings and memories.

Poet Samantha Roden, author Ceri Clarke and Kauser Husain, all graduates of the University, also took to the stage along with former lecturer, Joan Michaelson who wrote a poem about Black Country culture and the origins of the ‘Yam Yam’.

Dr John Pymm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “This event was a celebration of the University teaching English for the past 50 years. There is no better way of inspiring students’ imaginations than by helping to instil a love of English Literature.

“Our VIP readings celebrated the huge diversity of contemporary English in terms of fiction, non-fiction, journalism and poetry, reflecting the history of the written and spoken word across all of its disciplines.”

Mil Millington, author of ‘Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About’, said: “The power of written text is crucial to the development of our society and it’s important to reflect back on the writing of people of the past.  Language is real magic and anywhere that studies, promotes and values language is a place to be proud of.”

Kauser Husain, an English graduate who is now working at the University, said:  “Studying English at the University of Wolverhampton really changed my life.  I’ve been empowered by my studies which instilled a passion in me for English as well as a love for learning.  I’m now studying a Master’s degree in Popular Culture.”

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Date Issued: 8th March 2017

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