So I helped at a conference recently…

by Beth Consetta Rubel

So I was a SPUR (summer programme for undergraduate researchers) intern with the English department this summer. I was helping Dr. Íde Corley organise a conference on Multiple Modernities of Same-Sex Sexuality in Nigeria. Don’t ask. As this conference was sponsored by the European Science Foundation we had to follow their rules and bureacracy which meant that undergrads (such as yours truly) were not allowed to attend the conference. So after working on it for six weeks I sat outside the door during the conference working on the budget. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the work, it was a great experience and I met some really interesting people during it and learned a lot etc. etc. I just started off knowing very little about queer theory and post-colonialism and now I don’t know much more. what I did learn was interesting though, it made me more keen than ever to do postgrad work.

There is more than likely going to be a book published from this conference, most of the delegates will write a chapter. It’s provisionally titled Vocabularies of Same-Sex Cultures and will be published by Routledge Press. Keep an eye out for it if you’re interested, like I said, the few bits and pieces I did learn were interesting and I want to find out what I missed!

Diary of an English student

Well here is my blog. Welcome, come in, wipe your feet and grab a beer.

I’m going into final year of my BA in the National University of  Ireland Maynooth. That means a big-ass dissertation/creative writing project, a lot of essays and severe curtailing of my xbox time. My minor subject is Greek and Roman Civilisation, much more relaxed but English is still my favourite. I love that feeling of emptiness I get after finishing a really good book, like there’s something missing now that you don’t have that book to read anymore. I want to be an author and I hope some day something I write will leave people feeling like that. This blog is basically going to be about my experiences studying english in Maynooth and english in general. I’ll post discussions on interesting things I’ve learned or noticed, reviews of the odd book I get time to read that’s not on the course (or ones on the course I particularly enjoyed), explorations of the essay topics I’ll be given, bits and pieces about writing and my experience of writing.

This move was prompted by a friend’s blog,  he reviews YA fiction and posts teasers from his intriguing novel and I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon. I started a novel at the beginning of summer that I intend to submit for my final year creative writing project and have only squeezed out a few thousand words. Hopefully the obligation to post to the faceless internet might push me to stay focused and write more frequently.

That’s the theory anyway…