Date & time

Fri, 22 Nov 2019
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

Bookings closed

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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

Reading narratives of love over time Michael Meeuwis, University of Warwick

Michael consider how love is shaped by social, political and historical factors. He will draw on Tess of the D’Urbevilles, The Great Gatsby and Persuasion and highlight a range of issues which students can apply to their own course texts.

Michael Meeuwis

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.

Michael Symmons Roberts, Poet

Michael Symmons Roberts will deliver a fascinating presentation during which he will read from and answer questions on his poetry. 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.




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.


Couples, Triangles, Wrecktangles Peter Howarth, Queen Mary, University of London

This talk tracks the ways poetry is particularly good at underspecifying who it is for, and how these creative misdirections of lyric address suggest how much others are involved when love is being declared.

Peter Howarth

About Professor Peter Howarth

Peter Howarth is Professor of Modern Literature at Queen Mary, and the author of The Poetry Circuit (OUP, 2022) and The Cambridge Introduction to Modernist Poetry.

Love in Shakespeare: The course of true love never did run smooth Adrian Noble, Theatre Director

Adrian Noble will explore how Shakespeare presents and stages love in relationships across tragedy and comedy using examples from OthelloThe Taming of the ShrewMeasure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale.  There will be an opportunity for questions.

Adrian Noble

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.