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Jean Sprackland, Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Manchester Writing School, will be featuring on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday at 4.30pm.

Jean will visit the breweries and tap-rooms of her home town, Burton-upon-Trent, to write a radio poem about the centuries-old art of brewing, and its rich linguistic legacy. She talks to brewers, beer-drinkers, coopers and landladies about Burton’s place in brewing history, and the recent flowering of microbrewers and micropubs in the town.

You can listen to the programme after Sunday’s broadcast here:

51cm2bmwclcl-_sx336_bo1204203200_Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film, has released a new book titled Horror: A Literary History.

The book is the first comprehensive history of horror fiction to take readers from the first Gothic novel in 1764 to the ‘new weird’, and beyond, in the early 21st century. It offers a chronological overview of the genre in fiction and explores its development and mutations over the past 250 years.

The book was reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement, the leading international weekly for literary culture. To read the review, visit:

Professor Antony Rowland, Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, has been awarded an AHRC network grant for a project on ‘Metamodernism’.

Metamodernism has gained impetus as an important area of academic research over the past ten years, as a way of understanding what is happening in contemporary literature and culture. However, the different critical versions of metamodernism require refining, as although many critics agree that the more general term ‘post-postmodernism’ is not sufficient, they also disagree on the central aspects of metamodernism.

The project crosses international boundaries in order to build new collaborations and forge a multidisciplinary response to metamodernism. Academics will take part from across Europe (including The Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden and Poland), Japan and the United States. Those involved will be from a variety of disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, American studies, women’s studies, philosophy, sociology, film studies and fine art.

kevinKevin Albertson, Professor of Economics, spoke at the Pro-Manchester Economics Conference on the theme of the potential for Chinese investment in Manchester and UK investment in China.

He argued that, as the UK’s involvement with Europe declines, there are opportunities for profitable investment. The evolution in the UK economy following the EU referendum is likely to involve a national re-balancing of economic production away from financial services. This will provide opportunities for the North-West of England.