The newly formed LAMP (Literature, Arts, Media, and Performance) research cluster aims to bring together scholars who work on literature in relation to the arts, media, or performance as practitioners, or scholars, or both.
The group highlights media relations by spanning historical periods and media forms. For example, the department has at least seven scholars and practitioners working on literature in performance from medieval times to the present: their work ranges from studying ancient religious rituals and festivals (Jo Carruthers) and Renaissance plays (Alison Findlay) to writing contemporary plays and hosting competitions for new playwrights (Tajinder Singh Hayer); from studying the medieval social media of libel (Clare Egan) to writing new literature forms for print media and on stage (John Schad) and for new media technologies (Jenn Ashworth). Creative writers have written literature for radio, television, and film (Jenn Ashworth; Paul Farley; Tajinder Singh Hayer; Graham Mort); one literary scholar has adapted literature to videogames for pedagogical purposes (Sally Bushell); others have studied how literature intersects with and has been adapted to film (Brian Baker; Kamilla Elliott; Lindsey Moore; Lynne Pearce; Catherine Spooner); fine and graphic art (Simon Bainbridge; Sarah Corbett; Kamilla Elliott; Keith Hanley; Tony Pinkney; Tony Sharpe; Andrew Tate); fashion (Kamilla Elliott; Catherine Spooner). One member of staff has set literature to his original music as part of a co-produced film (Brian Baker).