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2004/2005 was a busy and productive year for the School of English. The Guardian included an article by Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah, and email correspondence between Scarlett Thomas, Lecturer in Creative Writing, and Dennis Borisov, the Russian translator of her new novel, PopCo. Emeritus Professor David Ellis published That Man Shakespeare, Dr David Stirrup edited the Anthology of Writings on Native American Verbal Expression, and other staff contributed articles to various journals and magazines.

In the autumn the School launched Night Train Press, a new publishing imprint based on the success of Night Train 2, an anthology of poetry and short fiction by part-time creative writing students within the School.

Patricia Debney, co-editor of Night Train 2, was also winner of the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition, for her prose poetry collection How to be a Dragonfly. This was the first time the prize had been awarded for this rare form of writing.

Professor Peter Brown was involved, as editor-in-chief, with the launch of a new online literary resource, Literature Compass. It consists of nine online journals covering all periods of English and American literature, containing original articles, reviews, reference resources and full-text books. The editorial content responds quickly to developing trends, and the articles are peer reviewed, are cited in standard bibliographies and are submissable for RAE purposes.

Fifteen third-year students banded together to launch their own book Ante: A Collection of Short Stories. They not only wrote for the collection but also became their own editors, designers, financial advisers and marketing team. The Independent on Sunday published one of the stories – The Wading Bird by Vicky Norman. Other contributors to the book included Dave Shaw, Eliot Nash, Pet Marti, Andrew Treen, Kate Begernie, Sam Osborne, Toby Pengelly, Stephanie Davies, Helen Lillis, Chris Burgess, Tara Lakin, Peter Quach, Michelle Perree and Amy Gargya.

Other publications produced by Kent staff during 2004/2005 included:


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