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The Postcolonial Studies Reading Group and the Department of English and Writing Studies
present "New Directions in Testimonial Discourse"

Western's Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the London Public Library presents
a Lecture by Professor David Bentley
Tuesday, December 3, 7 pm
Central Library

The Department of English and Writing Studies
invites you to a Reading by
2013-14 Writer-in-Residence
NourbeSe Philip

2013 Western Summer Shakespeare
King Lear
9-13 July @ 7:30 pm.

NB: In the event of rain,
the show will be held in Conron Hall, University College 224.

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2013 Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry
Please note the extension of the deadline for submissions is now Friday, April 5, 2013.
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Western English alumna Dianna Symonds, currently the managing editor at Maclean's Magazine, speaks to prospective students at Fall Preview 2012.

New Writers-in-Residence

The Department of English and Writing Studies, together with the University Students’ Council (USC), named fourth-year English student Alexandra Carrillo-Hayley as Western’s first Student Writer in Residence, starting this term, Winter 2013.

She will hold office hours and coordinate cultural events on campus during the winter term, making herself available to students as a creative writing resource and working to generate interest in creative writing across campus. Check out the profile in The London Free Press.

In addition, the Department of English and Writing Studies is pleased to announce that poet Marlene NourbeSe Philip will be the 2013-2014 Writer In Residence.

A poet, essayist, novelist, playwright and cultural critic, she has a law degree from Western (1973) and is excited to return to campus and reach out to professional schools

More details about Ms Philip's availablility will be forthcoming closer to the Fall term, when she begins her tenure as Writer in Residence.

New Course on The Many Faces of Harry Potter

Listen to Professor Gabrielle Ceraldi speak about the first iteration of the Harry Potter course she will be teaching for English and Writing Studies next year in the Winter 2014 term, The Many Faces of Harry Potter.

On iTunes you can subscribe to CBC’s Ontario Morning podcast, or follow:
Gabrielle's interview begins at 33:47.

Also see the article in Western News: “Time has come for Potter exploration in the classroom,” this one in the Gazette: “Bringing magic to Western muggles” and this in the London Free Press: "Harry Potter course creating buzz at Western University."

2013 Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry
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On Wednesday, February 6th, the Department of English and Writing Studies welcomes former Writer-in-Residence GERRY SHIKATANI back to Western. Mr. Shikatani will give a public reading at 3:30 pm in Thames Hall 3154. He will read from the book of poetry he composed while working at Western and living in Port Stanley, The Port's Seasonal Rental (Mercury Press). EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Journalist, performance artist, poet, fictioneer, sports expert and gourmet, Shikatani’s international reputation is growing. He is the author of A Passion for Food: Conversations with Canadian Chefs, Lake and Other Stories, Aqueduct, 1988: Selected Poems and Texts (Mercury), A Sparrow’s Food (Coach House Press), The Book of Tree (Underwhich Editions), and the co-editor of Paper Doors: Japanese-Canadian Poetry in English. (See the Mercury Press web site.)

Exciting Mentorship Opportunity for Young Women Western Students: As part of the long standing YMCA Women of Excellence Gala, 80 young women from area secondary schools will be invited to attend the event as part of the Young Women of Excellence Mentorship. These select young women will spend the night alongside mentors chosen from Western University and Fanshawe College.

We are currently seeking up to 10 female students from both Western and Fanshawe to act as mentors, share their stories of success, engage the young women in conversation and ensure they are comfortable and enjoying their evening. For complete information, please click on the poster below. Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2013.

Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing 2013
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English 3998E Creative Writing
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Interrogating Scholarly Responsibility in an Era of Market Fundamentalism:
Speakers include English Professors Matthew Rowlinson and Bryce Traister

Thursday 22 November 2012, 5-6:30 pm in University College 224 (Conron Hall)
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Check out this great post on the Arts and Humanities Student blog from Kaitlyn Sykes, a Western undergraduate English student currently studying in Nice, France. Kaitlyn will continue to share her experiences with us, so check back regularly!

Call for Participation:
The Public Scholarship Education Series presents:
“Mobilizing Knowledge and Imagining Campus-Community Collaboration”

Saturday, November 10, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Chu International Student Centre, Student Services Building
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The Undergraduate English Society, The Coterie, presents
The Gruesome, the Gory, and the Misguided:
A Hallowe'en-Themed Lecture Series

Conron Hall (University College 224)
Wednesday, October 24, 5:30-7:30 pm
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Western University English Department presents
Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Conron Hall (University College 224)
November 8, 9, 10, 14 & 15 at 8 pm
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The Word Hoard Inaugural Issue Launch Party
The Word Hoard is pleased to announce the printing of its inaugural issue, “Community and Dissent.” To celebrate the launch, Word Hoard editors along with the Graduate English Society cordially invite you to “Back and Forth and Forward” — an evening featuring guest speakers and dialogue between some of the current issue’s contributors.

The launch party will take place on 12 October 2012, from 5:00-7:00 PM in Conron Hall, University College 224. A reception will follow the talks in UC 225.

The evening will incl ude a guest talk by Dr. Bryce Traister (Chair, English), a dialogue between Mary Eileen Wennekers (English) and Matthew Halse (Theory), a discussion of the current call for papers for our next issue by Dr. Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu (Modern Languages and Literatures), and a word from the editors. Print copies of Word Hoard’s “Community and Dissent” will be available at the event for free or for a voluntary donation. We look forward to the company of our friends, colleagues, mentors and readers in celebrating this important milestone. All are welcome.

Professor Michael Groden
is interviewed in The Writer's Chronicle, the magazine of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, about his years of teaching, studying, and writing about James Joyce's Ulysses. Read it here:


A Reading by 2012-13 Writer-in-Residence Ivan Coyote

Join us Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm in Conron Hall (UC 224). This year's Writer-In-Residence will give her inaugural reading. Read more about Ivan Coyote.

Everyone Welcome!


presents The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

July 3 - 7, 2012

University College Courtyard
Western University

7:30 pm
Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors)

A play about love, loss, transformation, and forgiveness, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is the story of a mistakenly jealous king who learns to see beyond his own selfish obsession. First performed in 1611 at the Globe Theatre in London, England, the play is one of Shakespeare’s late Romances (plays of fantastical metamorphoses, grief overcome, and joyful reconciliation). Our production of what is essentially a very spring-like or summery Winter’s Tale will be performed in the delightful garden of the University College Courtyard on the beautiful campus at Western University this coming July.

For more information go to our website at, or contact Jo Devereux at

Professor Joel Faflak has been appointed as the (first) Director of the School of Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities.

Professor Nandi Bhatia has been appointed Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Department of English is delighted to announce its 2012-13 Writer in Residence: Ivan E. Coyote. Click Here for more information.

Welcome back, Western English MA and MLIS graduate, Lindsey Bannister, Librarian-in-Residence. Lindsey will hold weekly office hours this term in the Department of English to support student and faculty learning, research and teaching. Click Here for more information.

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