About this day
Come and join the Poet Laureate to explore representations of love through time and across a range of genres.
Our inspirational study day will provide comprehensive support for all students tackling this new A-level option of the AQA A specification. Lively and outstanding speakers will enthuse, inform and entertain with a diverse range of talks on poetry, prose and drama. This programme will give students the vital information, insights and confidence to achieve maximum examination success. The day will be chaired by A-level examiner, teacher and textbook author Carol Leach.
Programme & speakers
Carol Ann Duffy DBE Carol Ann Duffy DBE, Poet and Playwright
Carol Ann Duffy will read from her collections of love poetry, including Rapture and Love Poems, taking questions from the audience.
About Dame Carol Ann Duffy DBE
Dame Carol Ann Duffy is a former Poet Laureate and Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is best known for writing love poems that often take the form of monologues, and her award-winning poetry collections include Mean Time, The World’s Wife, Rapture and The Bees. Her collection Feminine Gospels is a core set text on the A-level AQA A specification.
Representations of love in Shakespeare's plays Adrian Noble, Theatre Director
Adrian Noble will explore how Shakespeare presents and stages love in relationships across tragedy and comedy using examples from Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale. There will be an opportunity for questions.
About Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble is a Theatre Director and was Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company for 13 years. He has received over twenty Olivier Award nominations for his theatre and opera work.
Reading narratives of love over time Michael Meeuwis, University of Warwick
Michael Meeuwis will look at a range of nineteenth and twentieth-century literary texts in order to consider how love is shaped by social, political and historical factors. He will draw on Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Great Gatsby and Persuasion.
About Dr Michael Meeuwis
Dr Michael Meeuwis is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick. His research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, Romantic and Victorian poetry and nineteenth-century drama and performance studies.
This Is a love song: changing shapes of love poetry Carol Leach, Examiner, Teacher and Textbook Author
This session will discuss how the sonnet is perfect for expressions of love and consider how other poetic forms have declared love through the ages, from Elizabethans to Romantics to twentieth-century Confessionals, using examples from Shakespeare, Wyatt, Blake, Burns and Sexton.
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.