English and creative writing outreach

Immerse your students in the study of English and creative writing and give them a great opportunity to experience a university learning environment. Explore topics that will feed your students’ interest in literature, challenge them to sharpen their critical and analytical skills and allow them to practise creative writing.

Get involved

Do you want your students to experience university-level teaching? Come visit us! Students can attend a university lecture on a topic related to your curriculum. Campus tours can also be accommodated before or after the lecture experience.

To reserve a place contact Dr Arun Sood arun.sood@plymouth.ac.uk

Romantic Revolution and Rebellion! 

A contextual lecture on political revolutions and social protest during the Romantic period, with reference to Mary Wollstonecraft, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Percy Shelley and Robert Burns.
Date: Monday 21 October 2019

Slavery and Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative

This lecture discusses public debates over slavery and abolition during the long nineteenth-century, and features analysis of Oladuah Equiano’s autobiography and captivity narrative.
Date: Monday 28 October 2019
Time: 15.00–16:00

Imagination and The Sublime 

This lecture focuses on the work of John Keats and Percy Shelley, and discusses conceptions of the sublime and imagination during the Romantic period.
Date: Monday 25 November 2019
Time: 15.00–16:00

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

An exploration of Dickens’ famous text with a specific emphasis on its gothic contexts.
Date: Monday 11 November 2019
Time: 10.00–11.00


This lecture explores Bram Stoker’s novel in relation to the gothic genre and within postcolonial frameworks.
Date: Monday 9 December 2019
Time: 10.00–11.00


School talk: Thinking about English at university?

Book us to visit you. A member of staff and two student mentors will visit your school to give a talk and answer questions on English, higher education, employability, and the opportunities offered by the University of Plymouth's English programme. We can also combine this with a curriculum-specific school workshop if desired.

Duration: 1 hour
Location: Host school
Maximum student numbers: N/A
Contact: Dr. Arun Sood (arun.sood@plymouth.ac.uk)

Experience a University Lecture

Visit us for an authentic university experience. Students will attend a University lecture and a dedicated workshop on a topic related to your curriculum. Our staff research expertise includes: Shakespeare, Austen, Romanticism, the Victorians, war writing, creative writing, and more. Combined English and history events are sometimes available.

Duration: 2–3 hours
Location: University of Plymouth, Main Campus
Maximum student numbers: 25 per workshop
Restrictions: Subject area options dependent upon staff availability.
Contact: Dr. Arun Sood (arun.sood@plymouth.ac.uk)

Arts Institute Lectures and Workshops

The University’s Arts Institute runs a vibrant series of events, talks, and films each semester. Students are invited to attend for free, providing a taste of the university’s vibrant public-facing events in addition to the opportunity of attending workshops before the lecture. 

Upcoming talks

Duration: 2–3 hours
Location: University of Plymouth, Main Campus
Maximum student numbers: 25
Restrictions: Dependent upon event programming.
Contact: Dr. Arun Sood (arun.sood@plymouth.ac.uk)

Young Arts Pass 

Each season University of Plymouth Arts Institute presents free access to selected Arts Institute events for young people aged 18 and under.

Bring along a group of students and experience dance, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Accompanying teachers also get a free ticket. 

See what’s on and book your place

Want to find out more or discuss your requirements? 

Email hpa.outreach@plymouth.ac.uk