Public invited to pursue their love of literature at a new summer course.

Posted on 14th February 2018

One of the world’s most famous detectives and a young wizard are just two of a wealth of characters that will be up for discussion during a new short course at the University of Chester.

Studying English Literature is an introductory course running over six weeks in the summer. Taught by experts, participants will explore literature from the 18th century to the present day, with discussions covering a range of novels, poetry and short stories.

Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes feature, along with an in-depth look at strong female characters in classic books by Jane Austen and Daphne du Maurier. Two of the sessions are dedicated to Irish literature, including poet W B Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.  And there’s also a seminar studying Zadie Smith’s novel, NW.

The course, to be held on Wednesdays in the Vicarage at the University of Chester’s Parkgate Road Campus, starts in July and runs through until August 22.  There will be 12 sessions, with two, two-hour seminars each day.

Dr Eileen Pollard

Course leader Dr Eileen Pollard, an English lecturer at the University of Chester’s School of Humanities, said: “Anyone interested in literature, or in studying literature, will discover the power of words as they enjoy this short course.

“Anyone is welcome – the course has been carefully designed using a diverse range of texts, to broaden and deepen participants’ understanding of literature.”

Photo: Dr Eileen Pollard,

The programme starts with two seminars on Wednesday, July 18 – a lecture by Naomi Walker discussing E M Forster’s A Room with a View (11am until 1pm) and another by Dr Lucy Andrew, looking at Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling, from 2pm until 4pm.

Other seminars include studies of Irish Literature (July 25) and detective fiction (August 1). The cost of the full course is £130, or £15 per individual session. For more information, full programme details or to book a place, please contact Dr Eileen Pollard  at