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 include 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.
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 Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale.
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.
Poetry reading Michael Symmons Roberts, Poet
In this session, esteemed poet Michael Symmons Roberts 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.
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.
Narratives of love over time Marcello Giovanelli, Reader in Literary Linguistics, Aston University
In this talk, Marcello will explore a number of texts that offer various representations of love. He will examine the ways in which these texts present ideas about love and how they position their readers.
About Dr Marcello Giovanelli
Dr Marcello Giovanelli is Reader in Literary Linguistics at Aston University, where he teaches and researches stylistics and cognitive poetics. He is Chair of Examiners for A-level English Language and Literature at a major awarding body.
Love poetry through the ages Julia Geddes, Examiner, teacher, textbook author
Julia Geddes will explore the different representations of love presented in poetry. She will consider how to engage with a variety of interpretations and the application of a comparative method when considering how this fundamental human quality has inspired writers over time.
About Julia Geddes
Julia Geddes is a Senior Examiner and Moderator and has been the author of several A-level study guides. She works at a highly successful sixth form college in the North of England and presents conferences for students, providing support for teachers working with A-level and GCSE specifications across the country.
An examiner's perspective Jon Rich, A-level examiner and teacher
Jon Rich discusses how students should read questions, how to extract guidance given in them and how best to address the Assessment Objectives. There are no “right” answers but there are “right” ways to address tasks and support your ideas.
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.