Illuminating the ordinary: exploring the work of George Eliot

In the bicentenary year of writer George Eliot, Professor Ruth Livesey, AHRC Leadership Fellow 2019-20 Provincialism: Literature & Cultural Politics, explores how Eliot was shaped by the education and experience she received while living in the Midlands, and how she believed 'art had a responsibility to show a provincial life could be just as full … Continue reading Illuminating the ordinary: exploring the work of George Eliot

100 Novels That Shaped Our World

With the BBC having recently unveiled its list of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World picked by a panel of experts, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and 2017 New Generation Thinker, Dr Emma Butcher, discusses the challenges of producing such a list and why she believes this selection has given us something new to think about, … Continue reading 100 Novels That Shaped Our World

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 thought … 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.

‘Mythical Florence’: Where Does the Lady with the Lamp Stand Today?

As the Bicentenary of Florence Nightingale's death approaches, an AHRC-funded project is looking to commemorate it by looking back at the regional representations of the lady with the lamp. In this week's blog Dr Jonathan Godshaw –  describes Nightingale's uncomfortable relationship with public representations of herself.