The English Department was very privileged last month to host a conference led by Pastoral Literature expert Terry Gifford. Mr Gifford, currently a visiting scholar at Bath Spa University, has written many successful books and articles about literature, including “Pastoral; The New Critical Idiom”, which is a recommended reading text for A Level English Literature students at Notre Dame.
He addressed over 100 A2 students, giving them advice about how they could link his ideas into their examination answers and more generally about pastoral literature.
Students found the lectures given by the visitor very helpful. “It was really useful to be able to ask Terry Gifford questions about what I had read in his book,” said one English Literature student.
Thanks are due to Julia Geddes, Head of English at Notre Dame, who organised the visit.