Maggie and Clare both came back to university after a long break, having graduated 25 and 40 years ago respectively. They have both just finished the first year of the taught part time MA in English and we asked them how they found returning to studying after such a long time.
Andrew Palmer: my big news this summer is the publication of a book about First World War poetry, which I wrote with my friend Sally Minogue.
In our Romantic Novels 1817 seminar series, held in 2017, we chose six novels published in 1817, and invited an expert in the field to lead a discussion on each text. Co-funded by Romantic Bicentennials, the University of Greenwich, and Canterbury Christ Church University, Romantic Novels 1817 used the bicentenary as the perfect excuse to rethink our understanding of the Romantic Novel.
Keeping Secrets (you should be so lucky): Kylie Minogue, Langton Boys Grammar School and the Mary Braddon Archive
It’s November 1988 and a 16 year old girl writes in her diary that Scott and Charlene have got married in Neighbours and that she cried. Her headmistress is also going on about the American election, but no one’s really interested.
I chose to study literature, like a lot of lit students I suppose, because I love reading. The course didn’t disappoint. The rather dire student loan situation aside, getting funded to love reading full-time, surrounded by like-minded people in an environment geared specifically to facilitate us, is a unique experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university, and will probably miss it for the rest of my life.