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Tuesday 8 June


Lecturer Dr Shazia Jagot discusses ‘Tea with our Grandmothers’ by Warsan Shire from her collection Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth.

Wednesday 9 June


Lecturer in 18th-century Literature Dr Deborah Russell reads a passage from Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe’s Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne.  

Thursday 10 June


Student Navin explores York in literature and explains why the city has influenced countless generations of writers, including Charles Dickens, Daniel Defoe and Kate Atkinson.

Friday 11 June


Enjoy an excerpt from Desi Delicacies, a collection of essays, short stories, recipes and illustrations, with the anthology's editor Claire Chambers, Professor of Global Literature. 

Saturday 12 June


Masters student Rumana shares her favourite books linked to her research into Islamic marriage law and illegal marriage contract in Pakistan, including The Marriage Clock and Hijabistan.

Sunday 13 June


Writer Dr JT Welsch reads his poem Irises, which tells the story behind Van Gogh’s famous painting of a field of irises, re-imagining it as a children’s story.

Monday 14 June


Poet and Royal Literary Fund Fellow Penny Boxall reads her poem Discernment, inspired by the travel we are all longing to do.

Tuesday 15 June


Incorporating lines in Urdu from The Desert of Solitude by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Masters student Rumana presents her own original poem.

Wednesday 16 June


Lecturer JA Mensah reads an extract from her debut novel Castles from Cobwebs, an exploration of memory, race, mothers and the fractured self.

Thursday 17 June


Rebecca, a PhD student and Poet in Residence at the Hull Maritime Museum, reads two poems written in response to the Hull Estuary, Names for the Sea in 1453 and Goldboru by the Sea.

Friday 18 June


Ian Brighouse, creator of the manonabeach® series, with filmed answers to "What does the beach mean to you?" collected on beaches around the whole UK coast. https://manonabeach.com/

Saturday 19 June


Today we meet PhD student Haleemah who shares with us 'A Very Private Confession'.