English and Writing Studies
Alumni named Top 20 Under 40

Alumni named Top 20 Under 40

Western University congratulates eight of its alumni for being named to London’s Top 20 Under 40, as identified by London Inc. magazine, for 2018. The honour is awarded to young leaders who make a difference in the community. Alumni honoured this year include: Chris...

Poet Laureate tames ‘Bad Animals’ in debut

Poet Laureate tames ‘Bad Animals’ in debut

Tom Cull was strolling down Wellington Street when he saw five teenagers “clowning around” with five vacuum cleaners they had retrieved from the trash. The teens were headed toward the Thames River. Cull followed.

How she brought the ‘Impossible’ to life

How she brought the ‘Impossible’ to life

English professor Clarissa Suranyi invites you to step “inside the purr machine” and get a window into her bookishness. She is also quite suspicious of your claim to have read Ulysses.

Perseverance turns mission ‘Impossible’

Perseverance turns mission ‘Impossible’

It took Clarissa Suranyi nearly two decades to wrestle her first novel to the ground. But that long-haul investment paid off almost instantly for the English professor following publication of Impossible Saints earlier this year.

Remembering David McFadden, poet, former Writer-in-Residence

Remembering David McFadden, poet, former Writer-in-Residence

David McFadden, Canadian poet and winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, a fiction writer and travel writer who served as Western's Writer-in-Residence in 1983, died earlier this month from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. His work, often praised for...

Cull taps into his inner ‘Animal’

Cull taps into his inner ‘Animal’

City of London Poet Laureate Tom Cull dodges self-help, David Foster Wallace and updating his MLA Handbook, all while needing to purchase some additional chairs for his author dinner party.

Putting a region in the context of family history

Putting a region in the context of family history

His latest book – a “family history with a context” – places the lives of the author’s parents, John Hair and Alice Runnalls, at the centre of the narrative that explores the history and culture of Southwestern Ontario.

Professor follows The Bard’s words in new directions

Professor follows The Bard’s words in new directions

As James Purkis sees it, he is in “the geeky corner of Shakespeare studies.” More than two decades ago, the English and Writing Studies professor dove into his doctoral work on The Bard by way of theoretical and historical questions regarding collaboration. At the...

Project develops understanding of photography, family

Project develops understanding of photography, family

Thy Phu wants you to see beyond the photograph. She wants you to consider not only what is pictured, but what is missing – and why. She wants you to think about who is taking the photo and the power that comes with selecting the image that resides in the frame. This...

Alumx wins fight for non-binary birth certificate

Alumx wins fight for non-binary birth certificate

Joshua M. Ferguson, BA’09 (Film Studies), who identifies as non-binary trans and uses the pronouns ‘they,’ ‘them’ and ‘their’ to reflect gender identity has been issued a non-binary birth certificate after a year-long legal battle with the provincial government....

‘Romantic’ effort finding indie success for alumna

‘Romantic’ effort finding indie success for alumna

There was no Plan B for Carly Stone. From the moment Tim Long, a writer and producer for The Simpsons spoke to her Humour Writing class at Western, her fate was sealed. “He came and did a presentation with some artwork, some episodes. I was so excited as he talked...

Perry knows Mansbridge makes everything sound better

Perry knows Mansbridge makes everything sound better

Bookmarks spotlights the personalities and published books of faculty, staff and alumni. Today, Daniel Perry, BA ’06 (English and French), author of the short story collections Nobody Looks That Young Here and Hamburger, answers 12 questions on his ‘bookishness’ and...

From one mom to another

From one mom to another

Bookmarks spotlights the personalities and published books of faculty, staff and alumni. Today, Cynthia Lockrey, BA’95 (English/History), author of Bed Rest Mom: Surviving Pregnancy-Related Bed Rest with Your Sanity and Dignity Intact, answers questions on her...

Ferguson casts eyes on The Future

Ferguson casts eyes on The Future

For decades, Joshua M. Ferguson felt lost. It took years of navigating established gender narratives to arrive at a place where the writer, filmmaker and activist felt at peace. Now, having found that peace, Ferguson, BA’09 (Film Studies), is “reclaiming the self” by...

Cuba’s revolutionary heroine made of ‘honey and iron’

Cuba’s revolutionary heroine made of ‘honey and iron’

“If you ask two Cubans about Fidel Castro, one might love him and one might hate him – but ask the same about Celia Sánchez, and everyone loved her,” said a clothing store clerk. “She connected with the people; she was the mother of all Cubans.” Late last year, I...

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Eighteen winners, representing five different faculties, have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning. This year’s winners join a company of teachers nearly a quarter-century strong.

UWOFA honours Johnston with Murphy Award

UWOFA honours Johnston with Murphy Award

English and Writing Studies professor Jamie Johnston has been named the 2018 recipient of the Tom Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA).