Welcome to the Literary Society:
Welcome freshers to the Anglia Ruskin Literary Society. So you have an interest in books and want to share it with someone, but you're too deep to be understood by the rest of the world? Well fear not, you're not alone! Our society is here for you and your fellow students to discuss, debate and fervently defend your favourite novel, whilst being introduced to works and theoretical criticism that you may not have considered before. So now you'll be able to take that underappreciated Victorian novella of yours and share it with likeminded and well spirited budding literary critics, or introduce the world to your beautifully poignant poetry, which sheds light on parts of the human condition never before understood. Wherever your passion for literature lies, we hope to provide you with everything you need to strengthen this passion even further.
What we do:
Literary Society Magazine
We've just begun our very own publication, Almanac, in which we publish poetry, prose and reviews, written by you, the students. We hope to be giving out physical copies of our first issue at the Freshers Fair, so make sure to pick one up. There will also be an online edition released and sent out to Literary Society members. For information on how to get your work published in the magazine, please ask the committee members representing LitSoc at the Freshers Fair, and we'll give you everything you need to know. Watch this space!
Alongside uni-based activities, the Literary Society has kept a keen eye out for the vast amount of film and theatre that Cambridge has to offer. With plays such as Hamlet, Frankenstein, Bacchae, Greek, The Penelopiad, Richard II, The Old Curiosity Shop, as well as the triennial Cambridge Greek Play all taking place in this semester alone, our society will be organising trips to these events (providing the interest is there), which is usually followed by a trip to the pub afterwards for laughs and discussion.
Where it is true that us literary folk tend to be social recluses, the Literary Society does provide social events throughout the academic year, so you can blow off some steam from essay writing. Anglia Ruskin is lucky enough to have some very enjoyable pubs on its doorstep (which you'll become all too familar with during your stay here), so if you're interested in having a few drinks whilst discussing Freudian interpretations of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, look no further than the Lit Soc socials.
Student and Guest Lectures
Whilst we focus on providing students with fun way of enjoying literature, we also put a lot of importance on broadening intellectual horizons. Therefore the Literary Society will be organising evening lectures in which ARU's English Faculty, guest lecturers from other universities and your fellow students will be speaking on a topic of their choosing. Our opening lecture will be given by Rebecca Scott from the University of East Anglia, in which her title is Women in Academia. For more information on this event, as well as others, make sure to join the Literary Society Facebook page to receive regular updates.
Signing up and how to contact us:
One of the simplest ways to sign up to the Literary Society is to show up to the Freshers Fair on the 27th September. We'll be there for the whole day, so feel free to pop by, ask any questions you may have and then put yourself down as a member. You should no doubt be able to find us by all the books we'll be surrounded by.
If you happen to miss the Freshers Fair, or would simply like to contact us otherwise, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We check our mail regularly, so if you have any queries we should get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you soon!
President: Kristof Wasmuht
Vice-President: Sophie May
Secretary/Treasurer: Charlie Barranu
Ticket Officer: Sophie Phelps