Magazine: Wordplay – Issue 4

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The English Subject Centre Magazine
Issue 4 – September 2010

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Table of Contents

  • Welcome
    English Subject Centre Magazine editor Dr Nicole King introduces our second issue.
  • IT Works
    Brett Lucas casts his eye over recent developments in the world of e-learning
  • In conversation with Ben Knights and Philip Martin
    In July Nicole King interviewed Professor Ben Knights (Director, English Subject Centre) and Professor Philip Martin (Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience at Sheffield Hallam University).
  • The Good of Criticism: The value of literary studies
    Using the context of a conference held at the University of Reading in March this year, Simon Dentith considers the effects of serious engagement with the idea of ‘impact’ in relation to English studies.
  • Digital Writing and Pedagogy: How do we teach, what do we teach
    This article, originally presented as a paper at the Subject Centre’s Teaching Digital Writing event (2010), seeks to explore what a university level tutor might appropriately include in teaching digital writing.
  • Making Connections: between and beyond teaching and research
    Alice Bennett considers the forces that mould teaching and research identities today.
Creative Pedagogies
  • A Tale of Two Projects: Using technology to change teaching practice
    Orb, is the interactive Creative Writing magazine of the University of Hertfordshire. In this article Jennifer Young explores the basis of the magazine, its progression and the student involvement in the project.
  • A year in the life of Ms E-Mentor
    The relationships between creative practice and critical understanding are complex. So, how do Creative Writing students develop critical knowledge? What kind of critical knowledge is this? And how is this critical knowledge similar to, or different from, the kinds of critical knowledge found in the study of completed texts? Graeme Harper explores the answers in an English Subject Centre project.
  • English and Creative Writing Student Numbers
    Candice Satchwell reviews some of the issues in delivering English degrees in further education colleges, including perspectives from lecturers and students.

Book Reviews

  • Reading Science Fiction, by James Gunn. Marleen S.Barr & Matthew Candelaria
    Reviewed by Ashley Lister
  • The Poetry Toolkit, by Rhian Williams
    Reviewed by Jonathan Gibson
  • Stage on Screen: Special Edition Teacher’s Pack School for Scandal and Dr Faustus
    Reviewed by Christie Carson

Event Reports

  • Beyond the Workshop: The Creative Writing MA and the Market
  • Teaching English Grammar
  • Networking Day for Subject Leaders of English and Creative Writing
  • What Works in Work-Related Learning: a networking day for humanities careers advisers


  • Desert Island Texts
    Lecturers registered in our Directory of Experience and Interests database highlight their favourite books. This month: Harold Short
  • The Last Word
    Lyn Pykett is the Chair of the Subject Centre’s Advisory Board