#EnglishCreates campaign launched this week

3 June 2024 - News

“Studying for an English degree is one of the best ways there is to learn to read the world.” ~ Ali Smith

The English Creates Campaign mission is to champion, defend and expand access to the study of literature in English (in all forms, regionalities and nationalities), particularly for year 12 and 13 students wanting to study English at university.

#EnglishCreates has been put together by University English for purposes of myth-busting and making a case for the value of English. Look out for events, videos and messages of support 3-7 June.

Studying English Language and Literature, especially pre-19th century texts and poetry, enabled me to explore and extol the sonic properties of language, the dynamic between orality and literature. I became a sought-after international spoken word poet enjoying numerous invitations through bodies including The British Council in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the USA. I have lectured in Creative Writing and have published four poetry collections and four novels – a time-travel tetralogy for children.” Patience Agbabi, Poet and performer

Find out more and read testimonies from Michael Rosen, Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson and others here. Please help spread the word about all the ways that #EnglishCreates.