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Life Writing Seminar Series - Dr David Parker

Date:16 March 2010, 5:00pm to
16 March 2010, 6:30pm
Location:Room JG1004, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus

Life Writing Seminar Series

All are welcome; booking is not required.


  • Dr David Parker (Kingston), ‘A Definitive Biography?: Charles Dickens, Ellen Ternan and Michael Slater:?’
  • Valerie Coultas (Kingston), ‘English and Creativity: Teachers' Stories of Classroom Talk’

About the Speakers

David Parker is an Honorary Research Fellow at Kingston University. He has taught for the University of Sheffield, the University of Malaya and the Open University. And for twenty-one years he was curator of London's Charles Dickens Museum. For more than forty years he has been publishing work on a wide variety of literary subjects. His early papers are now widely anthologised. Since 1978 he has concentrated on Dickens studies. His most recent book was Christmas and Charles Dickens (New York: AMS press, 2005). His current project is A Companion to The Pickwick Papers, to be published by Helm Information.

Valerie Coultas is Director of Studies for Postgraduate Professional Development in the School of Education. She teaches on the BA, PGCE and MA programmes. She worked in London Schools as a Head of English and a Senior teacher for over 20 years before becoming a teacher educator. Her special interests include speaking and listening, gender and inclusion.

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