Report from Bill O’Brien-Blake, BAAS Barringer Fellow 2017

In 2017 I visited Monticello, Virginia, the home of Thomas Jefferson, as one of 14 teachers attending the Monticello Teacher Institute’s ‘Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History’, writes Bill O’Brien-Blake. Monticello was a thorough and exceptionally well-supported training environments for teachers and it helped me develop my understanding of historical events and the management of primary sources and the teaching of secondary interpretations and shifts in historiography.

Report by Samuel J Cooper, BAAS Malcolm Bradbury Award recipient 2016

Thanks to the generous grant provided by the Malcolm Bradbury prize, I spent November 2016 carrying out invaluable research in New York and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, writes Samuel J Cooper. During my time in New York I also spent a great deal of time at Poets House where I was able to access small press publications and rare chapbooks that provided me with a detailed insight into the poetic influences on the two poets at the heart of my thesis (Jeff Derksen and Juliana Spahr).