Organisers

Eleanor Beal

Lecturer in English Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on formations and interactions of religion and secularism in contemporary texts with special interest in postsecularism and the afterlife of religion in the Gothic. She is co-editor of the Bram Stoker Award nominated collection Horror and Religion: New Literary Approaches to Theology, Race and Sexuality (2019). She is currently working on a manuscript for Palgrave on the Postsecular Gothic. ​She is Executive Director of English: Shared Futures 2022 and a member of the executive committee of University English.

Robert Eaglestone

Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London.  He is the author of eight books including The Broken Voice: Reading Post-Holocaust Literature (OUP, 2017), Literature: Why it matters (Polity, 2019) and Truth and Wonder: a literary introduction to Plato and Aristotle (Routledge 2022) and the editor or co-editor of ten more, including Brexit and Literature (Routledge, 2018),  English: Shared Futures with Gail Marshall (Boydell and Brewer, 2018) and The Routledge Companion to Twenty First Century Literary Fiction with Dan O’Gorman (Routledge, 2019), which won the 2019 BACLS Best Edited Collection prize.  He also wrote the policy pamphlet ‘Powerful knowledge’, ‘cultural literacy’ and the study of literature in schools (2021) for the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

He is the Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers. He has advised the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority, DfE and OfQual. He was on REF Subpanel 27, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a fellow of the English Association, an AHRC Peer Assessor and chairs the QAA’s 2022 Benchmarking Panel for English. He is a National Teaching Fellow (awarded 2014).

Gail Marshall

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, and Head of the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading. She has published books on Victorian actresses, Victorian fiction, and Victorian women and Shakespeare; has edited collections on Shakespeare and the Victorians, and the fin de siècle; and has published editions of Oliphant’s Kirsteen and writings about George Eliot. She is one of the General Editors for a new Cambridge University Press series on The Nineteenth Century in Transition, and will be editing its volume on the 1850s. Gail was a member of REF 2021 sub-panel 27 (English Literature), and is a Fellow of the English Association, a member of the University English executive committee, and is co-organiser of E:SF with Bob Eaglestone.

In Association With

The English Association

Institute of English Studies

National Association for the Teaching of English

National Association of Writers in Education

University English