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Book a place at University’s 50 year English celebration


The University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Arts is celebrating 50 years of English at a prestigious event being held in the city centre.

The Golden Anniversary celebration of half a century of English studies at the University will see local novelist, Kit de Waal, recently shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016 for her book, ‘My Name is Leon’ join the Editor of the Express & Star, Keith Harrison and former Birmingham Poet Laureate, Matt Windle, for an evening of readings and memories.

Dr John Pymm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “This event will be a celebration of the University teaching English for the past 50 years with the aim of inspiring young people to learn about the history of English Language and Literature.

“The event coincides with the first ever literature festival taking place in Wolverhampton with a host of celebrated home-grown literary and musical talent set to appear at city venues.

“Our VIP readings will celebrate English in terms of fiction, non-fiction, journalism and poetry and will cover the past five decades, reflecting the history of the written and spoken word across all of its disciplines.”

For the celebrations, the University is hoping to gather as many photographs, recollections and memories from former staff, students and friends of the department as possible.  If anyone would like to contribute email:

The event is being held in the Chancellor’s Hall in the Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, WV1 1LY on Thursday 26th January 2017 with drinks being served at 6:30 pm.  Food and refreshments will be provided and the dress code is formal.

Places are limited but anyone interested in attending can book here.


For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: 14th December 2016

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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