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 Jennifer Webb will be chairing the day.
Programme & speakers
Wendy Cope OBE Wendy Cope OBE, Poet
Wendy Cope will read from and discuss her work before taking questions from the audience.
About Wendy Cope OBE
Wendy Cope is a contemporary poet whose work is best known for its humour and parody, often off-set with self-reflection. She has a keen eye for the everyday, mundane aspects of English life.
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.
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).
Love in Poetry Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author
An informative session on representations of love in poetry from an acclaimed author of a range of books on this subject.
About Neil Bowen
An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English. He is the author of The Art of Writing English Essays for GCSE, co-author of The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond and of The Art of Poetry, volumes 1-5. Neil also created and runs the Peripeteia project bridging the gap between A-level and degree level English courses.
Love in Shakespeare Emma Smith, University of Oxford
Emma Smith explores how Shakespeare presents and stages ideas about love and romance across tragedy and comedy using examples from selected texts. There will be an opportunity for questions.
About Professor Emma Smith
Professor Emma Smith is Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Fellow of Hertford College. Her research focuses on Shakespeare and early modern drama.
Examination and revision technique Jennifer Webb, Trinity Academy Cathedral, Wakefield
This session 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.
About Jennifer Webb
Jennifer Webb is an English teacher and Assistant Principal. She is the author of ‘How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty’ (2019), regular conference speaker and teacher trainer.