English: Shared Futures is a cross between a conference and a literary festival: one of its key aims is to bring together teachers of English in Secondary, Further and Higher Education.

Together we make our discipline stronger and can celebrate and explore the intellectual strength, diversity, and creativity of English language, literature, and creative writing in the UK and across the world.

In 2022 English: Shared Futures is hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, and Salford University and takes place 8th-9th July 2022.

There will be over 80 more sessions, covering new research on literature and language, creative writing, discussions about pedagogy, teaching poetry, a tour around the Manchester Poetry Library, events from Manchester City of Literature Festival, and our cultural fringe, featuring a number of performers and poets.

Our two plenaries are Corrine Fowler on her project about slavery and the British Countryside and Katy Shaw on the importance of culture for dealing with inequality; we have a reception for the ‘Decolonise the Discipline’ initiative; there are three ‘in conversation’ salons the poet Daljit Nagra, Barbara Bleiman from the English and Media Centre, and Julie Sanders, Shakespeare scholar and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University. 

There will also be a Publisher’s hall with many leading academic and educational presses and small local publishers.

You can see the whole programme here https://englishsharedfutures.co.uk/

There is an early bird of wage tiered registration rates of £65 to £155 covering both days and all events are included (going up £10 after 13th May).

English: Shared Futures is a non-profitmaking, grass-roots disciplinary initiative, supported by the English Association, University English, Institute of English Studies, National Association for the Teaching of English and Nation Association of Writers in Education.

We hope to see you in Manchester in July!​