About this day
A programme to inspire, support and entertain…..
Four expert speakers will explore the literary, social and international perspectives of this A-level option, offering comprehensive strategies for approaching set texts and providing students with invaluable insights and helpful guidance to help them achieve their very best in the examination.
Programme & speakers
Defining tragedy, the tragic genre and tragic subgenres Carol Leach, Examiner, Teacher and Textbook Author
Carol Leach will explore definitions and genres of tragedy in terms of literary style, focusing on the literary context for these tragic aspects.
About Carol Leach
Carol Leach is an A-level and GCSE examiner and teacher. She was Principal Examiner for AQA and OCR for 15 years and is an Ofqual specification reviewer for GCSE and A-Level English.
Tragedy in Shakespeare Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer
Nick will explore interesting approaches to Shakespearian tragedy, focusing on the role of the tragic villain and the way in which language is used to heighten the sense of tragedy. He will draw on Othello, Richard II and King Lear.
About Nick Hutchison
Nick Hutchison is an actor, director and lecturer who has directed Shakespeare’s plays across the globe. He lectures for Shakespeare’s Globe, LAMDA, RADA and universities worldwide on Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre, specialising in theatre performance derived from close textual analysis. As an actor he has worked in film, TV, theatre and radio, including for the Royal Shakespeare Company and in films including About A Boy, Miss Potter, 102 Dalmatians, Fierce Creatures, The Bounty and Restoration.
Reworking tragedy: old forms for new contexts Simon Avery, University of Westminster
Concepts of tragedy have been continually reworked across the centuries in order to deal with new issues and concerns. Simon will explore the ways in which inherited conventions of tragedy have been reworked in Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The Great Gatsby.
About Dr Simon Avery
Dr Simon Avery is Reader in nineteenth-century literature and culture at the University of Westminster, where he teaches courses on fiction and poetry from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His most recent publication is an anthology of queer love poetry from Sappho to the present, Hand in Hand With Love (2023).
Comparing and linking texts across genres and time Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author
Neil Bowen will stimulate students to think about the relationship between the set drama texts and the novels or poetry texts, drawing on selected examples.
About Neil Bowen
An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English. He is the author of The Art of Writing English Essays for GCSE, co-author of The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond and of The Art of Poetry, volumes 1-5. Neil also created and runs the Peripeteia project bridging the gap between A-level and degree level English courses.