School of the Arts, English and Drama

About us

Kathleen Banks Memorial Lecture

The Kathleen Banks Memorial lecture commemorates and celebrates the work of a much-loved colleague, teacher and friend. These lectures are a celebration of her qualities and rare abilities which no one who knew her could ever forget.

2017 - The Mother’s Legacy: Women and Generational Transmission in Early-Modern England

Wednesday 1 March, 2017
Professor Alexandra Walsham, Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University
Professor Walsham is co-editor of Past and Present, and is leading several funded projects focused on early modern British history: ‘The Reformation of the Generations: Age, Ancestry and Memory in England c. 1500-1700’ (Leverhulme), and ‘Remembering the Reformation’ (AHRC).
Professor Walsham has published widely on the social, religious, and economic history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain, and will give the series of Ford Lectures at the University of Oxford in 2017 and 2018.

2014 - Leading author Alison Moore

Author Alison Moore

Wednesday  3 December, 2014

Alison's lecture focused on her route into writing and what it is like to be an author in the 21st century. 

Alison was born in Manchester in 1971. Her first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and National Book Awards 2012 (New Writer of the Year. It won the McKitterick Prize 2013.  Her short fiction has been published in Best British Short Stories anthologies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories whose title story won a New Writer novella prize.