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    Forthcoming titles in 2017/18

    2017 sees the first content from White Rose University Press made available to access and download. This year marks the first anniversary of the creation of the Press, and we have been working with authors and editors from all three Universities, and beyond, to commission several new publications. The initial wave of titles came to production in the second half of 2017.

    These include a two volume book on the archaeological excavations and discoveries at the world-famous Mesolithic site of Star Carr in North Yorkshire, and a translated collection of the 19th century French poet Tristan Corbiere. In addition to these, the White Rose University Press will also publish the Undergraduate Journal of Politics and International Relations; and the translated diary of Madeleine Blaess - a York-born alumna of Leeds and former academic at Sheffield whose diary records her time trapped in Paris during the Second World War.

    More details are below.

    Star Carr

    Edited by Nicky Milner (University of York), Chantal Conneller (University of Manchester), Barry Taylor (University of Chester)

    Coming in 2018, this two volume work details the discoveries made by an award-winning team of researchers. Star Carr is one of the most important Mesolithic sites in Europe. It was discovered in the late 1940s by John Moore and then excavated by Grahame Clark from 1949-1951, becoming famous in the archaeological world forthe wealth of rare organic remains uncovered including barbed antler points and antler headdresses. However, since the original excavations there has been much debate about how the site was used: was it a residential base camp, a hunting camp or even a ritual site?

    From 2003-2015, excavations directed by Conneller, Milner and Taylor aimed to answer these questions. This work has demonstrated that the site is much larger and more complex than ever imagined and was in use for around 800 years. The excavations show that Mesolithic groups were highly invested in this place: there is evidence for a number of structures on the dry land (the oldest evidence for ‘houses’ in Britain), three large wooden platforms along the edge of the lake, and the deposition of rare artefacts into the lake edge, including more antler headdresses and a unique, engraved shale pendant. People continued to occupy the site despite changes in climate over this period.

    The main results of the work are contained in two volumes: the first will provide an interpretation of the site, and the second will give details on specific areas of research.


    Oysters, nightingales and cooking pots - selected poetry and prose of Tristan Corbière

    Tristan Corbière is a poet who tests language to the limits, dislocating normal syntax, revelling in self-contradictory affirmations, and piling up puns. Born in Brittany in 1845 he died at only 29, leaving to future readers a scattered assortment of texts. This collection brings together several less well-known pieces, some early versions of published poems, and others which were handwritten into his own copy of his only published collection, Les Amours Jaunes. 

    Christopher Pilling is a poet, award-winning playwright, and translator. He has translated a number of poets, mainly from French but also from Latin. His first major translation was Corbière’s Les Amours Jaunes, which was published to great critical acclaim as These Jaundiced Loves (1995). 

    Christopher studied English and French at the University of Leeds from 1954 to 1957 and we are delighted to renew this connection by publishing Oysters, nightingales and cooking pots, which will bring English translations of Tristan Corbière’s poetry and prose to a wider audience. 

    The ebook features short videos of English and French readings of some of the poems.

    Edited by Richard Hibbitt (University of Leeds) and Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe (University of Oxford)


    Undergraduate Journal of Politics and International Relations

    The UJPIR is a new open access, peer reviewed academic journal which offers a platform to undergraduate students to publish their original research. We admit articles in the fields of Politics, International Relations, International Studies and European Studies.

    The editorial board is strongly committed to research-based learning and has created this journal to give politics and international relations students the opportunity to share their research and to take their first steps in academic publishing.



    320 Rue St Jacques - the diary of Madeleine Blaess

    Madeleine Blaess was educated in York, went to Leeds University and lectured for forty years at the University of Sheffield. In 1939, she left Yorkshire to study for a doctorate at the Sorbonne. France was invaded by the German army in May 1940 and she was trapped in Paris for the duration of the Occupation. She kept a diary in French until shortly after the Liberation. Her unique chronicle details the everyday struggle of civilians to survive in occupied France, set against the backdrop of the global conflict.

    This English translation will make her diary available to academics and the general public for the first time.

    Translated, annotated and edited by Dr Wendy Michallat, French Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sheffield.

    Picture credits:

    • Star Carr - Headdress illustration used on cover (c) Chloe Watson, CC BY-NC 4.0
    • JESLA - Kaleidoscope by Rudolf Ammann on Flickr, CC BY 2.0
    • JACHS - Lalibela Church by Rod Waddington on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0
    • UJPIR - Flags by Cesarexpo (own work) on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 4.0