News archive - 2009

Cornish poet’s love letters unearthed

Heartfelt Valentines cards written by the Cornish poet Reginald John ‘Jack’ Clemo are being given a new lease of life thanks to the University of Exeter.

Golding’s literary legacy shines in Exeter

Nobel Prize winning novelist and Cornwall’s most famous literary son, the late Sir William Golding, is being celebrated by the University of Exeter at a special memorial lecture on Thursday 5 March.

University bucks trend to secure major awards

The University of Exeter has achieved a historic number of postgraduate awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Tolkien Day in Cornwall

The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular literature will be explored at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus as part of a special Tolkien Day on Wednesday 13 May.

Daphne du Maurier Festival gets new expert sessions

Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel are some of the great literary works by the famous English writer Daphne du Maurier, whose popularity and international acclaim are being used as a catalyst to promote and celebrate literature in and around the South West.

University marks 10th anniversary of Devon writer Patricia Beer

Devon born writer and poet, Patricia Beer is being honoured by the University of Exeter in a special event to mark the 10th anniversary of her death and the successful completion of a cataloguing project of South West writers.

Treasures from the archives draw medieval experts

Medieval book experts are flocking to the University of Exeter for an international conference themed on the preservation, packaging and consumption of manuscripts and early printed books.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet uncovered

Introverted, prone to dark periods of self doubt and mood swings are often used to describe growing teenagers; however the description equally portrays Shakespeare's Hamlet.  English lecturers at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus held an Open Day for Year 12 students in Cornwall to explore the dilemmas of this tragic hero in a bid to encourage them to consider opting for a degree in English.

Conference explores Darwin’s wider influence

Darwin is best known for his contribution to science, while his influence on medicine and literature is less well known. As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Darwin's birth, a University of Exeter event will identify key areas of research, focusing on inheritance and on emotions such as empathy and sympathy.

Devon youngsters question Darwin’s ideas

In a series of letters, school students from Devon question Darwin’s ideas.

Continued success for short stories journal

Riptide, a University based creative writing journal is launching its 4th volume of new short fiction on Wednesday 14 October.  

Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth has Exeter appeal

Of the 2,400 people selected to participate in Anthony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth Exhibition in Trafalgar Square, a surprising number have come from the University of Exeter. 

Knowledge of Cornish ghouls and ghosts required

Myths of haunted places and tortured souls roaming Cornwall are well documented in popular literature and magical goings on continue to thrive in modern folk lore.  

The lies and silences of biography revealed at University talk

Award-winning author Victoria Glendinning will share her experiences of writing biographies at the University of Exeter.