Special sessions at the British Library for A Level English

Book on to these free sessions available in February 2017.

Jane Austen Study Day

  • Monday 6 Feb 2017, 9.30 - 15.00
  • British Library Knowledge Centre
  • Years 11-13 English Literature
  • FREE; must be booked in advance – places are limited

The day will feature talks from Professor Kathryn Sutherland, University of Oxford and Professor John Mullan, University College London with interactive workshop sessions including a seminar-style discussion with an Oxford academic, an opportunity to try Regency-style dancing and a performance-based workshop exploring Austen’s work off the page. There will also be an option to view a new display of Jane Austen’s juvenilia in the British Library's Treasures Gallery. 

Students will gain fresh insights into Austen's work and the context in which she was writing, as well as getting a taste of further study in literature. Designed for A Level but also suitable for learners in Year 11.


A Level Literature Study Session: Inspired by Evelyn Waugh

  • Wednesday 8 February 2017, 13.00 – 15.00
  • British Library Learning Centre
  • Years 12-13 English Literature/Language and Literature
  • FREE; must be booked in advance – places are limited (one group of approx. 15 may be accommodated)

Ideal for offering A Level groups a stretch and challenge opportunity, this workshop is led by British Library curators and creative educators. The session focuses on Evelyn Waugh’s works, through a partnership with University of Leicester, but offers a skills-based approach to exploring any literary text that will be valuable to all students of literature. The session will explore extracts from Waugh’s brilliant novel Vile Bodies – described by Malcolm Bradbury as ‘the highpoint of the experimental and original Waugh’ - using this as a stimulus for creative writing activities using Waugh as an inspiration. Students will be introduced to the wealth of resources on the British Library’s Discovering Literature website and look at the text in the light of a selection of biographical and contextual sources.

For further details and to book student places at either event, contact the British Library Schools Programme Manager emma.bull@bl.uk