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English Literature and Creative Writing

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May Gathering in Lancaster Priory

Welcome, or welcome back, to the Department

Professor Mark Knight- Head of Department.

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Our research, as showcased by our publications, 96% of which is rated world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2021), is shaped by a juxtaposition of the critical and the creative, the city of Lancaster, with its Medieval Castle and Priory, and the Lake District where we partner with Wordsworth Grasmere. We also partner with The Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster LitFest, and The Storey, Lancaster’s Victorian-build arts venue, where our students enjoy the Postgraduate 大秀视频 Space.

Our Research
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Okey Nzelu, Eoghan Walls and Elen Caldecott


Our Creative Writing programme has a long and distinguished history which dates back to 1970, meaning that, in the UK, we were there at the very beginning of the discipline. And we remain at the fore with celebrated authors as tutors and students who go on to publish their work both while with us and after.

Creative Writing at Lancaster

Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes

Both the University and the Department are always looking to support, encourage, and celebrate our students. Please below for details.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes
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Literary Lancaster

The Department is not only home to many eminent authors and critics but also hosts a whole series of free literary events featuring world-leading guest writers and scholars. Some are held on campus, but many are held in Lancaster’s historic city centre – our favourite venues are the Castle, the Priory, and the Storey. For a calendar of our upcoming events, just scroll down.

Literary Lancaster

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