English and Film Teaching Enrichment Workshops

If you are interested in taking part in any of these Teaching Enrichment Workshops, or would like to find out more about how the University can support the GCSE and A level curriculum, please contact Jennie Truman at hums-outreach@exeter.ac.uk

Texts in Context – William Golding Archive: Lord of the Flies

Year 10-13, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

The University of Exeter holds a large archive of the drafts and notebooks of William Golding, the novelist who is best remembered for Lord of the Flies. With the generous support of the Golding family, the Department of English would be delighted to open the archive to students from across the South West. Students will have the opportunity to study the original manuscript and typescript of Lord of the Flies, and to participate in seminar-style university learning. This experience will encourage students to engage critically and creatively with the novel and to discuss its prominent place in popular culture. In addition, during their visit, students will be able to visit the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and to explore the history of film from the earliest moving pictures to the present. This opportunity is open to students in Year 10-13. The university is committed to increasing public access to its heritage collections, and developing a range of activities to complement school studies.

From Decolonisation to Globalisation: English Literature & World Circulations

Year 12, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

This workshop series focuses on the relationship between English literature and British colonization, highlighting the ongoing legacies of colonial violence. Engaging with writers from Sam Selvon to Arundhati Roy, Alice Walker to Mohsin Hamid, Meera Syal to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, through close readings and critical context you will explore questions around trauma, identity politics, migration and cultural globalization.  

Writing at the Next Level: Creativity and Communication

Year 10-12, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

Focused on both communication and creativity, this workshop series develops your imaginative and technical skills to write creatively across different genres.  You will leave with practical techniques that develop your writing practice, alongside an insight into into studying creative writing at degree level.   

Reimagining Shakespeare

Year 12, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

This workshop explores both the sources and afterlives of Shakespeare, drawing on examples from plays including Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night. Introducing intertexts, performance histories and links to contemporary popular culture and media, you will build strategies for reimagining Shakespeare beyond the words of the playtext on the page.

Texts in Context: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Year 12, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

This multi-media workshop explores the rich and varied sources and afterlives of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Situating the novel in relation to broader histories of Romanticism and Gothic fiction, as well to key debates around science and female agency, you will have the opportunity engage with this novel in new creative and critical ways.

Victorian Literature: Accessing the Archive

Year 12, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

University of Exeter’s Centre for Victorian Studies is one of the leading centres for teaching and research in Victorian literature and culture in the UK. Drawing on this expertise and a wide-range of unique archival and digital resources, this workshop series introduces you to source material from fiction and non-fiction texts and images that can enrich and contextualise your study of Victorian novels from Dickens to Bronte, from Eliot to Stevenson, and beyond.