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Renowned Poet Inspires Worcester's English Literature Students

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English Literary students at the University of Worcester were given the chance to meet celebrated poet Owen Sheers last month, and have described his reading of his work, Pink Mist, as ‘inspirational’.

Pink Mist is one of the many texts studied as part of a new mandatory module in the course, ‘What is Literature?’, which introduces students to English Literature by examining a wide range of writing genres produced in different periods.

Sheers read sections of his work, which tells the story of three young soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Following the reading, students had the opportunity to take part in an interactive question and answer session.

Dr Tricia Connell, Senior Lecturer in English Literary Studies, said: “We are flattered that Owen Sheers pointed out that we are the first university to have Pink Mist on the curriculum. It is yet more evidence that we are leading the way with teaching and learning in contemporary poetry.

“The reading provided by Owen Sheers is one that I’m sure will stay with many of our students for a very long time, and some have already integrated their response in their written work.”

Ella Jackson, who is doing a joint course in English Literary Studies and Media and Cultural Studies, said: “Meeting Owen Sheers was one of the best experiences I've ever had at the University. Hearing the poetry read from the actual writer’s perspective makes such a big difference.”

She added: “I learnt how very intricate the profession of writing is, which allows me to put into perspective how much detail I need to put into my own work, academic or not. Meeting Owen Sheers was a once in a lifetime experience.”

Natasha Miller, who is on the English Literary Studies course, said: “I really enjoyed Owen Sheers’ visit. When he read extracts from his book I felt the characters in the poem come to life and I could really sympathise with them.

 “Seeing Owen Sheers has inspired me to research more into Pink Mist and even base my next assignment on it. I think any students who are able to experience similar readings would benefit greatly and enjoy it just as much as I did.”