Knowledge Exchange Funding Successes

Date: 7 May 2014

Four Knowledge Exchange bids put in to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences by colleague in the Department have successfully attracted funding. The funding for these projects (details below) is worth between £4,000 and £8,000 in each case, over one or two years.

The Projects:

Devolving English Literature: Introducing North-West authors to the region's secondary school syllabuses (Prof Lynne Pearce and Dr Sarah Ilott).

In line with the University's commitment to the region in its Strategic Plan, and building on the research conducted for the AHRC-funded 'Moving Manchester' project (2006-10), the aim of this project is introduce writers from Greater Manchester and Lancashire to local secondary schools in the region with the further objective of getting their work featured on the Language / Literature syllabus. Given the constraints of existing GCSE and A-Level syllabuses, the project will target Years 7-9, providing teachers with resources (course pack, website, on-line extracts) that translate the research findings of 'Moving Manchester' into a form appropriate to the age group. The project partner will be 'Commonword', the Manchester-based literature development organisation, whose team will advise on the selection of the authors and how best to deploy them on school visits (an activity it has supported in the past).

Beyond Twilight: Creative and Critical Interactions in Young Adult Gothic Fiction (Dr Catherine Spooner and Chloe Buckley)

Beyond Twilight is an ongoing project bringing together authors, sixth-formers, academics and teachers to explore Young Adult Gothic fiction creatively and critically. The bid builds on the first, highly successful Beyond Twilight event held in September 2013 and will encompass a day event, follow-up workshops in schools and a series of podcasts.

Shakespeare at Lancaster Castle (Professor Alison Findlay)

Professor Alison Findlay'sFellowship is to work with the partner organisation of Lancaster Castle, owned by the Duchy of Lancaster, to develop the site as a performance space through whichearly modern drama, especially Shakespeare,can be disseminated to the public. The immediate project isan open-air production of Midsummer Night's Dream,to be staged on19-21 June at 7pm. Itinvolves local actors working alongside12undergraduates studying on the final year Shakespearecourse: Eleanor Kirby (Helena); Rachel Mellor (Hermia),Alex Marlow (Demetrius), Alex Varey (Lysander), Jade Podmore (Bottom), Eleanor Brindle (Peter Quince), Emily Chudy (Flute / Cobweb) James McCowan (Starveling / Peaseblossom),Chrissie Horsepool (Snug / Mustard Seed),includingAmerican Year Abroad students Kristen Wilhelm (Snout / Moth), Meagan Blandizzi(First Fairy) and Tessie Riggs (props / wardrobe).See

Reading Toronto (Professor John Schad, Dr Polly Atkin and Dr Will Smith). >

Building on our link with the Department at University of Toronto, this project will see Canadianist Dr Will Smith and poet Polly Atkin visiting Toronto to undertake scholarly research into Toronto's literary history, the city's literary marketplace and engage in knowledge exchange with a number of the city's reading and writing communities.


Further information

Associated departments and research centres: English and Creative Writing, FASS Enterprise Centre