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Dr Nick Shepley
Education and Experience
Nick Shepley studied English at Keble College, Oxford, where he received his MA (Oxon). He went on to do a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and spent two years teaching in Ondangwa, Namibia with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). Nick received his MA (2006) and PhD (2010) from UCL, where he wrote his thesis on obliquity in the novels of Henry Green. He has been teaching in the English department ever since.
Nick is currently at work on two research projects: he is finishing Henry Green: Class, Style and the Everyday and he has begun a study of the one-day novel, which explores the form’s engagement with innovative literary techniques and representations of the urban in the twentieth century.
Nick is the organiser of “One Day in the City” (www.ucl.ac.uk/onedayinthecity): a bi-annual celebration of Literature and London at UCL. Man Booker Prizes sponsored the 2012 event, which invited the general public to listen to and share thoughts with authors, poets and academics in all things London. Amongst the contributors were the novelists A.S. Byatt, Alan Hollinghurst and Adam Thirlwell; the poets Daljit Nagra, Mark Ford and Alan Jenkins; the filmmaker Chris Petit; and the iconic London voices of Iain Sinclair and Will Self. The next Day in the City event will take place on 13 June 2014.
Nick co-curated two exhibitions entitled “One Day in the City” in UCL Art Museum (June 15 – December 14, 2012) and South Cloisters, which presented various everyday experiences of life in London over the centuries. This year's exhibition will be a collaboration with UCL Art Museum and the Slade.