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The Literature Group was established in 1984 to provide a focus for those with a particular interest in Canadian literature.

In 2005 the Literature Group sponsored the participation of storyteller Louise Profit-LeBlanc at Evolving Solidarities, Birkbeck, February 2005 and, in May, co-convenor Danielle Fuller (Birmingham) won the Gabrielle Roy Prize (Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures) for Writing the Everyday: Women’s Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada.

Also in 2005, Danielle Fuller (Birmingham) & DeNel Rehberg Sedo (Mount Saint Vincent) were successful in their AHRC bid for the ‘Beyond the Book’ project, a collaborative, transnational and interdisciplinary study of mass reading events and contemporary cultures of reading in the UK, USA and Canada.

The newsletter of the BACS Literature Group CanText has been published regularly since 1998, normally twice a year with eight pages of news, reviews, reports and discussion. Recent issues have included (in October 2003) an appreciation of the writing of Carol Shields by Linda Knowles (Volume 6, Issue 1, October 2003). Other items in the newsletter include information about forthcoming conferences, notes about Canadian Studies sites on the internet, reviews, lists of recent publications, and announcements of forthcoming events involving Canadian writers. CanText is also a medium for discussion of issues relevant to the Literature Group and a source of information about funding for post-graduate students to attend conferences and to visit Canada.


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