We are deeply saddened to learn of the death on 24th September of Derek Summers (1944-2018). A talented poet, Derek ran workshops on Tony Harrison, R.S. Thomas, and Dylan Thomas for the Raymond Williams Foundation. He had a number of collections published by Palewell Press and edited an anthology of poetry with Michael Foot: The Foots and the Poets: Poetry and a Political Family. As a lecturer at Mander College, later Bedford College of Higher Education, Derek taught poetry to students from a wide range of backgrounds and was committed to adult education and the political potency of poetry. The Raymond Williams Society send sincere condolences to his wife Carol, daughter Sarah, son Stephen, and his four granddaughters.


We are devastated to announce the death of our colleague Angela Kershaw (1971-2018) who passed away on Wednesday 6 June. Angela was an outstanding member of the Key Words editorial board for over a decade and was Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham. After completing a PhD at the University of Nottingham, titled ‘Gender, Politics and Fiction in 1930s France’, under the supervision of Professor Rosemary Chapman, Angela specialised in French political fiction of the inter-war period. She published widely and became a leading figure in her field with monographs such as Forgotten Engagements: Women, Literature and the Left in 1930s France (Rodopi) and Before Auschwitz: Irene Némirovsky and the Literary Landscape of Inter-war France (Routledge). A 2011 discussion of the latter, which gives some indication of how wonderful Angela was both intellectually and socially, can be viewed here. Outside of her academic life, Angela was a member of the Birmingham Bach Choir and had a beautiful alto voice.

All at the Raymond Williams Society and Key Words are deeply saddened by Angela’s death.  She was an invaluable member and supporter of both. We send sincere condolences to her partner John and to her family and many friends in Birmingham and beyond.

Key Words 16 (2018) is dedicated to Angela and a full obituary will be published in Key Words 17 (2019).