Five books for your seasonal break

The winter holidays are the perfect time to discover a new novel – whether that's to help you get into the holiday spirit, or perhaps to whisk you away from it! We asked five of our 2019 New Generation Thinkers to share their favourite holiday reads, and our Thinkers did not disappoint: with recommendations ranging … Continue reading Five books for your seasonal break

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

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?