The importance of poetry today

Places of Poetry

In our latest blog post, Professor Andrew McRae, University of Exeter discusses the community arts initiative, Places of Poetry, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, and the relevance of poetry today.   Poetry makes us pause. As a writer it requires a degree of … Continue reading The importance of poetry today

Manchester Voices: Documenting and celebrating the accents and dialects of Greater Manchester

Manchester Voices is a research project which explores the rich tapestry of accents, dialects, and identities that make up Greater Manchester. In this week’s blog, Dr Erin Carrie and Dr Rob Drummond discuss how the research will develop, and demonstrate why it really is a project about, with, and for the people of Greater Manchester.

Why don’t pupils want to study languages in the UK?

After a BBC report showed drops of up to 50% in the take-up of GCSE language courses since 2013, researchers from the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Creative Multilingualism project ask: Why don't pupils want to study languages and what can we do about it?  Professor Suzanne Graham and Dr Linda Fisher are researchers … Continue reading Why don’t pupils want to study languages in the UK?

Reflecting on Women’s Rowing: Oral Histories and Sporting Lives

By Lisa Taylor The pace of change in women’s sport is quickening. More media airtime is being dedicated to elite women’s sport, while efforts to connect with more women with sporting participation through initiatives like Sport England’s This Girl Can have enjoyed hugely positive reception. Campaigns highlighting women’s achievements in sport, and their under-representation in … Continue reading Reflecting on Women’s Rowing: Oral Histories and Sporting Lives