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In addition to the main programme, we are pleased to be able to add to the conference mix a number of exhibitors and performance events that we hope will enhance delegates' experience of the event. These are described in more detailed below. We are also fortunate to have a Conference Blogger, Catherine Samiei, from York St John University, who will be posting her thoughts and comments about the conference on a blog linked to this website.

Exhibitors | Performers

Royal Literary Fund

The Royal Literary Fund and Dr David Kennedy, 'Renewals' Writer-in-Residence

The Royal Literary Fund’s highly successful Fellowship Scheme, inaugurated in 1999, is dedicated to the improvement of student writing by the placement of writers throughout Higher Education, at no cost to institutions. RLF Fellows are professional writers of literary merit, representing a wide range of genres, including biography, translation and scientific writing. The network of posts has reached every part of the UK, involving old and new universities and departments in science as well as in the humanities. In the experience of Fellows and partner institutions, students at all levels of study (from freshers to finalists, as well as postgraduates) recognise the benefits of learning about good writing practice from a professional author. The RLF’s report, Writing Matters (March 2006), synthesises the common experiences of Fellows into action points for the Higher Education sector, in order to build on the success of the Fellowship Scheme to date.

‘What’s an argument?’ ‘What does ‘critically evaluate’ mean?’ ‘How do I start writing my essay?’

David KennedyThese are questions that writers in the Royal Literary Fund’s Fellowship Scheme hear every day. RLF Fellows are placed in HEIs and work with students in one-to-one tutorials to improve their writing. One institution reports that students who have consulted with its Writing Fellow have improved their marks by at least one degree classification.

The English Subject Centre, in partnership with the Royal Literary Fund, is delighted to offer delegates a unique opportunity to experience the Scheme at first hand. Dr David Kennedy, one of the RLF’s most experienced Writing Fellows – and author of its 40,000 word web-resource, ‘Essay Writing: a Guide for Undergraduates’ – is in residence throughout the conference.

David is offering 30 minute consultations in which you can either get advice on your own writing or learn more about what a Writing Fellow could bring to your institution. To book a session with David visit the Royal Literary Fund’s stand in Arts AG24 just off the foyer.

To visit David’s online Essay Guide go to

The Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive

"A fabulous new resource, which…broadens spectacularly the access people have to the poetry of the last hundred years and could change the ways in which it is taught, learned and loved."

This is how PN Review describes the Poetry Archive, the world's foremost online collection of recordings by English-language poets, contemporary and historic. Jean Sprackland, poet and Education Manager for the Archive, will also be making a presentation about the archive at 13.30 on Friday.

Continuum books

The Continuum International Publishing Group is a fast-growing academic, religious and trade publisher producing over 500 books a year. We publish for the market in those fields in which we feel we can make the most valid contribution to learning, scholarship and research.

Based in London, we have offices in the USA and partners all over the world selling our publishing programme which is written by authors who are acknowledged experts in their chosen fields.  We focus on the humanities, in the fields of philosophy, film and music, literature, education, linguistics, theology and biblical studies - we also have an active backlist of over 6,000 titles.

Our reach is truly international, with Continuum books being bought in virtually every country in the world.  Visit our website at:

Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Macmillan

Palgrave Macmillan is a global academic publisher, serving learning and scholarship in higher education and the professional world. We publish textbooks, journals, monographs, professional and reference works in print and online. As part of the Macmillan Group, we represent an unbroken tradition of 150 years of independent academic publishing, continually reinventing itself for the future. As the original publisher of Matthew Arnold, Alfred Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, Thomas Hardy and W B Yeats Macmillan has, from the very beginning, been renowned for an influential literature list of the highest calibre. The commitment to publishing high quality, cutting edge work continues today with Palgrave Macmillan's literature list attracting well-established authors as well as some of the brightest scholars of the next generation.

Life Writing Journal
Taylor and Francis

Routledge is pleased to introduce a new journal for 2007, Life Writing, a fresh initiative in the scholarly exploration of biography and autobiography. The journal welcomes articles that consider any aspect of the contemporary meanings of life narrative, particularly work that aims to incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives, since we recognise that the growing field of auto/biography is one in which anthropology, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology and visual studies are all contributing exciting and revisionary scholarship.

For more information, please visit Information on other journals in the Routledge Literature, Language and Linguistics range is also available via


ProQuest combines the strengths of two leading and historic information technology firms: ProQuest Information and Learning and CSA. The company provides seamless access to, and navigation of, more than 125 billion digital pages of the world’s scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts,literature,and social science to science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest is part of Cambridge Information Group.

Other Exhibitors include:

Duke University Press

Duke University Press is proud to be the publisher of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Edited by Jennifer L. Holberg and Marcy Taylor, Pedagogy is an innovative journal that aims to build a new discourse around teaching in English studies, covering all areas from literature and literary criticism to composition to cultural studies. It seeks to reverse the long history of the marginalization of teaching and of the scholarship produced around it. Fusing theoretical approaches and practical realities, Pedagogy is an essential resource for teachers. Visit our Web site to read a free sample issue:

National Association of Writers in Education