Database Trial: Eighteenth Century Drama

d218d8635edd40fbb240ce7560974acfThis month we’re trialling an Adam Matthew resource that should be of much interest to English & Drama students or anybody interested in the history of British theatre.

Eighteenth Century Drama features the John Larpent Collection from the Huntington Library – a unique archive of almost every play submitted for licence between 1737 and 1824, as well as hundreds of documents that provide social context for the plays. Explore the Larpent plays, papers of prominent theatrical figures of the period, including correspondence, financial documents, and portraits. Cross-reference this with essential searchable databases created from information in The London Stage 1729-1800 and A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800.

To begin searching please go to: – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 17th June 2016.

NB: Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn.

Don’t Be Reluctant – Join Our Club!

51j4tBJNp-L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_The Student Book Club meets for the last time this academic year when we will be discussing Mohsin Hamid’s highly acclaimed The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Published in 2007 and set against the background of the aftermath of the September 11 Attacks, the novel tells the story of a seemingly chance meeting between two strangers in a busy Lahore street – yet neither man is quite what they seem.

Adapted for the silver screen in 2012, the book was short-listed for the 2007 Booker Prize, and named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the books of the decade.

The Book Club will be meeting up to discuss the book in the Library Staff Room on Monday 16th May at 7pm. Copies of the book are still available to borrow ahead of the meeting – just ask for a copy at the Level 3 Enquiry Desk.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library:, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Website!

shakespeare by books18To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare two brand new electronic resources have been launched by the BBC and Oxford University Press.

The BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource contains a wealth of Shakespeare material, including all of his plays, poems and sonnets, documentaries, interviews and over a thousand stills of classic Shakespeare productions, as well as entertainment programmes referencing Shakespeare.

Oxford University Press’s Illuminating Shakespeare provides access to Shakespeare resources from the wealth of material published by OUP and explores a new theme every month with specially commissioned videos, articles, and interactive content.

Don’t forget as well that the British Library last week launched their own anniversary exhibition, Shakespeare in Ten Acts.

William Shakespeare portrait copyright Books18, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts at the British Library

blThis week the British Library is inviting people to join them on a journey through 400 years of history – from the first productions of Hamlet and The Tempest – to understand how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations of theatre-goers.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts showcases over 200 unique and rare items such as the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, the earliest printed edition of Hamlet from 1603 and Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Complementing the exhibition is a new online learning resource, Discovering Literature: Shakespeare. Whether you’re a student, teacher, researcher, or simply a lover of literature, Discovering Literature: Shakespeare will encourage critical thinking and independent learning to enrich your understanding of all-things Shakespeare.

The exhibition runs until September 6th. For more details, visit the link below:

Calling All Poets! Overton Poetry Prize 2016


In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines, which will be judged by the University’s own poet in residence, Helen Calcutt.

Much of Professor Overton’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition will fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University. It is hoped that this poetry prize, set up in Professor Overton’s memory, will  contribute to the creative life of the School, and the experience of its students.

Entries and payment of fee (£12 per sequence of poetry) can be made by clicking this link:

Hard copy entries must be accompanied by a cheque to: Overton Poetry Prize, FAO: Roxy Winterborne, NN0009, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Martin Hall, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU.

Closing date for the competition is Tuesday 31st May 2016.

Overton Poetry Prize Winner Launch Night

Overton_Signpost_2016Winner of the 2015 Overton Poetry Prize, Sarah Leavesley, will have her poetry chapbook officially launched at an event on Tuesday 15th March.

Sarah’s chapbook, titled Lampshades & Glass Rivers, has been published as part of an annual competition presented by the School of the Arts, English and Drama.

The launch event will include readings by the School’s current poet-in-residence, Helen Calcutt, PhD Creative Writing student, Sophie Louise-Hyde, MA Creative Writing student, Naomi Riley-Dudley and, third-year English undergraduate student, Maggie Nash.

The Overton Poetry Prize invites students explore their creativity and submit a sequence of poetry of up to 300 lines on any subject. The winning sequence will be published by Lamplight Press, based at the University, with the two runners-up receiving a £50 book voucher.

The launch of Lampshades & Glass Rivers will take place between 7-8.30pm in the Stanley Evernden Studio, School of the Arts, English and Drama. Entrance is free and refreshments will be provided.

To be in with a chance of having your own work published, click here and enter the Overton Poetry Prize 2016 before entry closes on 30th April.

Student Book Club – Small But Perfectly Formed!

18498569The Student Book Club meets again before the Easter vacation starts when the novel under the literary microscope will be Jessie Burton’s award-winning historical novel The Miniaturist.

We’ll be meeting at the usual time of 7pm in the Library Staff Room on Monday 14th March. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Level 3 User Services Desk – just ask a member of staff for a copy.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library:, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Harper Lee 1926-2016

51gzmhkPBxL__UX250_Harper Lee, author of the phenomenally popular and influential To Kill A Mockingbird, has died today aged 89.

Published in 1960 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize a year later, the novel has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated onto screen, stage and radio, most notably as an Academy Award winning movie starring Gregory Peck in 1962.

A long awaited sequel to the novel, To Set A Watchman, was only published last year.

Arts Showcase


The Library’s Leisure Reading initiative and Student Book Club will be represented on Wednesday (17th February) at a special showcase being held by the School of the Arts, English and Drama down at Martin Hall and the Shirley Pearce Square.

Other events to look forward to at the Arts Showcase will include live performances from the Stage Society, creative workshops, spoken word performances and open mic slots.

On the hour, between 11am and 1pm, members of the Stage Society will be giving a whistle-stop tour of this year’s productions with three shows in 15 minutes.

The School’s Creative Writing Group will be leading 15 minute informal drop-in workshops at quarter past the hour, providing a taste of what creative writing at Loughborough is like.

In association with the Speech Bubble, the Students’ Union biannual spoken word event, students and staff will be presenting their own creative work at half past each hour.

Finally, open mic slots will be available in five three-minute intervals per hour for willing attendees share their work.

Information on many other arts-based projects on campus will also be available on the day. These include representatives from Flix (the University’s student-run cinema), LU Arts, The Student Wordsmith and the School’s own student-led publishing company, Lamplight Press.

The Arts Showcase will take place 11am-2pm at Shirley Pearce Square.

Walk On the Wild Side with the Student Book Club!

wildjpg-b08786594708d9fdJoin with the Student Book Club and take a literary trip into wild this February with our novel up for discussion being Cheryl Strayed’s inspirational travel story Wild.

An epic tale of self-discovery and resolution in the wake of personal tragedy, Wild was filmed in 2014 from a screenplay by author Nick Hornby (About A Boy, Fever Pitch) and starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed.

The Club meets to discuss the book on Monday 15th February at 7pm in the Library Staff Room. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Level 3 User Services Desk – just ask a member of staff.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library:, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?