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English: Shared Futures | A major conference across the discipline

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Like Glastonbury but for English. With less mud.

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Stormzy loves English.

I might actually go to uni. Something to do with literature. English… Something to do with books. Something that can have me lost in words. Poetry. Creative writing… In the past couple of years, I’ve started reading poetry again. When I’m writing music I see it as poetry… but that pen-to-pencil poetry, the meanings in it, the sentiment… I just think: “Wow, this is the s*** that I love! (15 December 2019, The Observer)

Given these challenging days, ever-changing policies and overwhelming demands on our time, it’s easy to forget that our subject is basically full of wonderful, er, ‘stuff’ that we love. This is the point of the English: Shared Futures conferences: celebrating and exploring the intellectual strength, diversity and creativity of English language, literature, and creative writing in the UK’s nations and across the world.

It was in the light of the challenges the subject faces that the various bodies that represent English got together to begin to do something. NATE (National Association for Teachers of English); the English Association (EA), set up in 1906, which represents English at primary, secondary and higher education levels; University English (UE), for university departments of English; the Nation Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) who work to “further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing”; and the Institute of English Studies (IES), part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Studies, with a national remit to support the discipline).

English: Shared Futures 2020 is supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester and Salford University. We’ve well over 200 sessions covering the whole of English literature, from Beowulf to Wolf Hall; key speakers include Ali Smith, critic Lyndsey Stonebridge, language specialists Devyani Sharma, Jennifer Smith and David Adger, as well as David Crystal, Bart Van Es, Sarah Churchwell, Priyamvada Gopal and Sandeep Parmar. In addition to learning, teaching and pedagogy, and discussions of pressing issues in the state of the subject, special topics include ‘decolonizing the discipline’, creative practice and literature and music and the Public Humanities in the 21st Century, as well as our cultural fringe.

For teachers attending on the Saturday, we’ve arranged a special, low one-day ticket price: see englishsharedfutures.uk/.

Thanks to the generosity of the Editors of the journal English and of colleagues attending the conference, we are very pleased to offer a number of bursaries for £100, which will cover the conference fee and make a contribution to travel costs. These will be available to conference attendees who are un-waged or in the first ticket band (i.e. salaries up to £30,000). To apply, please first register for the conference, and then send a statement of up to 300 words to EnglishSharedFutures@englishassociation.ac.uk explaining why you want to attend the conference, of what value it will be to you, and giving a rough estimate of your travel costs. Please put BURSARIES in the subject-line of your e-mail. Deadline for applications: 30 April; decisions will be made by 15 May. The bursaries will be given to you at the end of June.

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