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.
Programme & speakers
Poetry reading 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.
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.
Couples, Triangles, Wrecktangles Peter Howarth, Queen Mary, University of London
Love poetry is supposed to be for one special ‘you’, but lyric poems are often strategically vague about who that ‘you’ is. Why do love poems so often involve more than two people in the relationship?
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.
Reading narratives of love over time Michael Meeuwis, University of Warwick
Michael will 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.
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.
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.
Reading for meaning: an examiner’s perspective Julia Geddes, Examiner, teacher, textbook author
This lecture will address how to engage effectively with the questions set, to select material wisely and ensure that all assessment objectives are clearly signposted. There are no ‘right’ answers in English Literature but there are ‘right’ ways to address tasks and to support ideas.
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.