English and Writing Studies
London Words speaks with Western voice

London Words speaks with Western voice

London Words Festival takes place Nov. 1-3 at Museum London. It highlights the best of the region’s creativity and literary excellence and features storytellers in prose, poetry, song, new media, playwriting, screenwriting and graphic novels.

Journey into the ‘Dark’

Journey into the ‘Dark’

Take a journey into the not-so-distant past and future, along with a ‘Dark’ present that wrestles with both, when English and Writing Studies professor Chris Keep takes his turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Gibson remembered as ‘cutting-edge’ author

Gibson remembered as ‘cutting-edge’ author

Author and conservationist Graeme Gibson, BA’58, is being remembered as a writer who was in the vanguard of Canadian literature. The London, Ont., native died this week at the age of 85, following a recent stroke.

Poetry, journalism mix for Student Writer-in-Residence

Poetry, journalism mix for Student Writer-in-Residence

She has one foot in journalism and another in poetry. She writes in English (mostly), but speaks French at home. She writes fearless opinions for all to see, but would rather be birdwatching alone. She loves reading for fun – except during the school year when it seems like work. Gabreielle Drolet eludes easy boxes – and she likes it that way.

Book explores Wilder in ‘Little House’ – and beyond

Book explores Wilder in ‘Little House’ – and beyond

In American folklore, few stories are more iconic than that of plucky frontier girl Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her story has been central to the Little House on the Prairie novel series, focal point of two television adaptations and even celebrated during biennial LauraPalooza conventions.

Professor explores poetry’s power in tenuous times

Professor explores poetry’s power in tenuous times

English and Writing Studies professor Madeline Bassnett’s ‘Under the Gamma Camera’ provides a frank portrait of the emotional and clinical aspects of her battle with breast cancer, and a broader picture of humanity’s internal struggle with external realities.

Taking a deeper look below the story

Taking a deeper look below the story

Enjoy exposés, deep-dives and visually stunning storytelling – even on a plane – when English and Writing Studies professor Madeline Bassnett takes her turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Western embracing ‘Change’ in the classroom

Western embracing ‘Change’ in the classroom

In celebration of the Times Higher Education (THE) Teaching Excellence Summit, Western News presents the following series of stories highlighting teaching excellence at Western.

Urquhart named 2019-20 Writer-in-Residence

Urquhart named 2019-20 Writer-in-Residence

Some five decades ago, when Jane Urquhart was studying English at the University of Guelph, there was one lonely anthologized textbook to supplement learning for the university’s solitary course in Canadian literature.

Alumna sets out to make us all ‘Unsinkable’

Alumna sets out to make us all ‘Unsinkable’

Silken Laumann is well-acquainted with the connections that bind physical, mental and spiritual health. And with the launch of Unsinkable, a new storytelling platform, the Canadian champion rower hopes her fellow Canadians will come to see them, too. The platform –...

Responding to the reality of mental health

Responding to the reality of mental health

University is filled with incredible opportunities, but the stakes are high. The decisions you make here will define your career and affect relationships for the rest of your life. Social, financial, and academic pressures build up. The stress can be unbearable. Help can seem hard to find.

Three named Distinguished University Professors

Three named Distinguished University Professors

Three professors are the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) awards, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers

Plaques honour research, advocacy legacy

Plaques honour research, advocacy legacy

The past continues to be on display across campus as the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) and Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel were unveiled this week as the latest heritage plaques celebrating significant research-related moments in the university’s history.

‘Hockey mom’ keeps up with CanLit

‘Hockey mom’ keeps up with CanLit

Bookmarks spotlights the personalities and published books of faculty, staff and alumni. Author Angie Abdou, MA’92 (English), whose new book Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom is a ‘Western Reads’ selection this year, has also written novels The Bone Cage...

The ‘unstoppable’ power of Grayskull

The ‘unstoppable’ power of Grayskull

Chances are, you remember your first action hero. And if you are like Rob McCallum, you will remember Adam, prince of Eternia and defender of the secrets of Castle Grayskull. “We all have that one thing – whether it’s Hot Wheels, or Barbie, or Nintendo or something...