Acclaimed nature writer, broadcaster Tim Dee to speak at the University of Gloucestershire

The School of Humanities is proud to host Tim Dee, the acclaimed nature writer, naturalist, BBC radio producer and broadcaster, at our latest Humanities Public Lecture on Thursday 19 February. Tim Dee works at the intersection between language and the natural world. His first book, The Running Sky (2009), meditates on a year’s birdwatching. The poet Kathleen Jamie credits Dee for sensitising her ear to the natural world, and remarks that ‘an outing with him is a lesson in listening; several poets owe what listening skills we have to Dee’s tuition’. *  Four Fields (2013) reconfigures the field study as fields (of) study – of landscape, nature and cultural study – in Montana, Ukraine, Zambia and the Fens.

Tim Dee’s lecture on Thursday evening, ‘Atlantic Seaboard and Lodgings: Spring Seeking at the Edge of an Ocean’ explores a new project: a personal and poetic response to Spring. We hope very much you’ll join us for this special event. We’d like in particular to extend a warm welcome to our Applicant Day visitors who will have met us in the afternoon; please stay for the lecture and join us for a remarkable evening.

Book your place through the University’s Online Store, here.

Humanities Public Lecture: Tim Dee

Thursday 19 February
Francis Close Hall, UoG

7:30pm, TC001

Everyone is welcome

*Kathleen Jamie, review of Four FieldsGuardian, 24 August 2013.

English Literature news round-up

All sorts of things are going on in English Literature during the next fortnight and beyond. First, we are really delighted that some level 5 students have relaunched the English Literature Society. Affiliated with the Student Union, the Society is run by and for Humanities students, and it’s tremendous asset to students as well as to our course. The team is looking for members to join the organizing committee, so whatever your interest in literature, and whatever your level of commitment, they’d love to hear from you.  Find them on Facebook (English Literature Society at the University of Gloucestershire) or contact Beth Norris.

It’s never too early to think about where you will take your degree – or where your degree will take you. We know how highly a good honours degree is valued in the world of work, and we’ve invited some of our successful graduates to supper to tell you all about their experiences. Back to the Future is an informal gathering of graduates, current students and other guest speakers on Friday 13 February in TC006A/B.  Our students become journalists, researchers, academics, teachers, TV presenters, booksellers, events managers…the list goes on. Whatever stage of your journey you’re on, you’re warmly invited to join us.  The event is free but you MUST book your place via the Online Shop, so that we know how much grub we need to order. Click here for a link to the Store. Places are still available.

There’s more. On Tuesday 17 February we’re offering a Humanities field trip to the celebrated William Blake exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford. Then on Thursday 19 February, we’re running a special Applicant Day for future students of English Literature. Come and experience what it’s like to study with us, with ‘taster’ sessions and a chance to talk to our team of tutors. Book your place here.

And on the evening of Applicant Day, please stick around for the latest in our Humanities Public Lectures series. Tim Dee, nature writer, photographer and radio presenter, will be speaking. ‘Atlantic Seaboard and Lodgings: Spring Seeking at the Edge of an Ocean’ focuses on Tim’s latest project – a personal and lyrical view of the spring. The event is free to students and staff, with booking through the Online Store.  More details to follow.

Author, comedian and broadcaster Rob Newman speaks at the University of Gloucestershire next week

Robert Newman is an author, broadcaster, comedian, and political activist, who will be making a rare public speaking appearance at The University of Gloucestershire on March 26th 2014.
He read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before finding fame as a comedian on the BBC’s The Mary Whitehouse Experience. He was then half of Newman and Baddiel, described by The Guardian as “the most successful comedy duo of all time.”
After a pioneering, record-breaking tour that famously sold out Wembley Arena, Newman turned his back on main-stream stadium comedy, pursuing a solo career as a novelist and political comedian. His first novel, Dependence Day, won the £10,000 Betty Trask Award, and his second novel, Manners, was published by Penguin. His return to comedy saw him produce a series of erudite politicised solo shows that have toured in Britain and America, and have seen him compared to Lenny Bruce and described as “the funniest comedian I’ve ever seen” in The Sunday Times, and “breathtakingly, heartbreakingly, goosepimplingly brilliant” in The Scotsman. In 2005, he finally returned to television comedy when his show A History of Oil screened on More4, and in 2007 the BBC screened a six-part series, A History of the World Backwards.
Newman continues to make his name as one of the most exciting and unusual of contemporary British novelists. His third novel, A Fountain at the Centre of the World, was chosen as a book of the year by Dave Eggers and described in The New York Times as “the talismanic Catch-22 of the antiglobalization protest movement.” The Guardian argued it was a “wonderful, big-hearted, textured, funny, moral and deeply unfashionable book”, while The Independent asked if it could “herald a resuscitation of the English “literary political novel”, almost dead in the water since the best work of Malcolm Lowry and Graham Greene”.
Newman will join us to discuss politics, fiction, history, and his new novel, The Trade Secret – an outrageous, continent-crossing epic that subtly blends fact and fiction, and is described by The Guardian as “a rollicking Elizabethan yarn that has much to say about the origins and nature of modern capitalism.”
The event is free to staff and students of the University, but places can be reserved through the Online Shop here.

‘Fiction, Politics and the Past’

A talk by Rob Newman

Humanities Public Lecture Series

University of Gloucestershire


Wednesday 26 March 2014

Francis Close Hall TC001 at 7:30pm


All are welcome


Humanities Public Lecture series welcomes Tim Ingold, social anthropologist, walker, writer

The next speaker in our series of Humanities Public Lecture is Tim Ingold, who will be speaking on ‘Lines and Weather’ on 31 January, Francis Close Hall TC001 (Main lecture theatre) at 7:30pm.

Professor Ingold is Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. His work combines anthropology, ecology, writing, space, art, human movement, and philosophy. He is the author of many books, including Making: Anthropology, Archaelogy, Art and Architecture (Routledge, 2013), Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description (Routledge, 2011), The Perception of the Environment (Routledge, reissued 2000), and Lines: A Brief History (Routledge, 2007).
Student, staff and the public are warmly invited to this very special event. Tickets are £5 to the public. University of Gloucestershire staff and students are admitted free of charge, but must obtain tickets through the Online Shop.