Date & time

Mon, 11 Nov 2019
10:00 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

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About this day

For A-level students of the AQA A specification

This highly informative and inspirational enrichment day will offer comprehensive support for students preparing for the AQA A A-Level option ‘Love Through the Ages’. During the day, a series of expert speakers will motivate and inform by delivering fascinating presentations on this central literary theme as seen over time. The day will end with a presentation by a leading poet, who will read from and discuss their poetry before taking questions from the audience. The programme will also include an examination session providing invaluable guidance and insights to boost students’ confidence and success. We are delighted to announce that former Chief Examiner Stella Canwell MBE will be chairing the day.

Programme & speakers

Love in Shakespeare Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer

Nick Hutchison will explore how Shakespeare presents ideas about love and romance focusing on textual clues, staging issues, and the role of the audience, using examples from OthelloThe Taming of the ShrewMeasure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale.

Nick Hutchison

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.

Michael Symmons Roberts, Poet

Michael Symmons Roberts will deliver a fascinating presentation during which he will read from and answer questions on his poetry, including ‘To John Donne’. The session will offer students a unique chance to explore the writing of this leading poet.

Michael Symmons Roberts

About Professor Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts FRSL is a multi-award-wining poet. He has published eight collections of poetry as well as novels and libretti. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association and Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.




Choice of genre Jon Rich, A-level examiner and teacher

Jon Rich explores the opportunities offered by the genres of poetry, prose and drama and suggests ways in which students can exploit their knowledge of the three different genres.

Jon Rich

About Jon Rich

Jon Rich taught English for many years. He has been a Senior Examiner for over thirty years and is also a Moderator for NEA and Examiner for Classical Civilisation.


An examiner's perspective Jon Rich, A-level examiner and teacher

This lecture addresses how students should read questions, extract the guidance given in them and how best to address the assessment objectives. There are no ‘right’ answers in English Literature but there are ‘right’ ways to address tasks and to support ideas.

Jon Rich

About Jon Rich

Jon Rich taught English for many years. He has been a Senior Examiner for over thirty years and is also a Moderator for NEA and Examiner for Classical Civilisation.


Reading narratives of love over time Simon Avery, University of Westminster

Simon Avery will consider a range of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century literary texts in order to explore the complex idea of love in the novel and how love is shaped by various social, political and historical factors.

Simon Avery

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).