Date & time

Mon, 5 Nov 2018
10:45 - 15:45


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

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About this day

For A-level students of the AQA A specification

This inspirational and enjoyable study day will provide comprehensive support for all students tackling the AQA A A-level option ‘Love Through the Ages’. Outstanding speakers will enthuse, inform and entertain with a diverse and relevant range of talks on poetry, prose and drama and a leading poet will read from and discuss their poetry. This programme will give students vital information, expert insights and new-found confidence to enable them to achieve maximum examination success this year. The day will be chaired by former Chief Examiner Stella Canwell MBE. We are delighted to announce that Dame Carol Ann Duffy will join us in this her final year as Poet Laureate.

Programme & speakers

Carol Ann Duffy Carol Ann Duffy DBE, Poet and Playwright

Dame Carol Ann Duffy will provide a lively session consisting of audience questions and readings from her collections of love poetry, including Rapture and Love Poems.

Carol Ann Duffy DBE

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.

Love in Shakespeare Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer

In a highly entertaining session, Nick Hutchison will explore how Shakespeare presents and stages ideas about love and romance using examples from Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Measure 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.

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

Simon Avery will consider a range of nineteenth and 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). 


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

In this lecture, Jon Rich will explore the opportunities offered by the genres of poetry, prose and drama and suggest 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

Jon will discuss how students should read questions, how to 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.

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.