At SOAS you will be in a fantastic professional network in the literary hub of the capital: a place to meet like-minded peers, but also alumni, staff, and visiting speakers. Our new ‘Conversations in Bloomsbury’ series, launched in 2015, takes its inspiration from the book by Mulk Raj Anand and our own Faber Building, where T. S. Eliot, the famous poet and dramatist, worked as an editorial director when it was the home of independent publishing house Faber & Faber.
Many novelists, poets, journalists, theatre directors and performers have studied at SOAS: Jung Chang, Zeinab Badawi, Saira Shah, Freya Stark, MK Asante, Ishtiyaq Shukri, Willis Barnstone, among others. Honorary graduates and fellows also include award-winning writers J. M. Coetzee, Ben Okri, Wole Soyinka, and Meera Syal. See our honorary fellows and honorary graduates pages.
The English degrees at SOAS place the academic study of English language and literature in the global setting of Asia and Africa, where SOAS has unmatched expertise in linguistic, cultural, political and social contexts.
Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Honorary degree J. M. Coetzee and Graca Machel - SOAS Graduation 2015
Professor JM Coetzee, Honorary Doctorate, 2015 Graduation
Teachers on the English programme include:
- Dr Kai Easton, Senior Lecturer in English (programme convenor)
- Dr Ayman El-Desouky, Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature
- Dr Sarah Pett, Lecturer in English
- Dr Benjamin Poore, Teaching Fellow
- Dr Amina Yaqin, Senior Lecturer in Urdu and Postcolonial Studies (admissions tutor)