SOCLAS was delighted this week to welcome back an alumnus who is now a University lecturer in Spain.

Dr Andy Walsh graduated in Hispanic Studies (Spanish andPortuguese) from the department in 1992, and after several years living in Madrid, completed a PhD at the Universidad de Granada, where he now lectures in translation studies and English literature in the Facultad de Traducción e Interpretación.

Andy spent a week in the department as a visiting lecturer, meeting current undergraduates and guest lecturing in classes for second-year linguisticians and final-year students of Spanish poetry. He gave a research seminar to colleagues from Hispanic Studies on the subject of his PhD thesis – the close intertextual relationship between the work of the Anglophile Spanish poet Jaime Gil de Biedma and his literary model, T.S. Eliot.

Andy said:

It was a strangely nostalgic experience to be back teaching where I had once sat listening as a student. It was also very interesting to teach things from another perspective. I am used to teaching English language and literature from the the perspective of Spanish speakers and it was good to get out of my “comfort zone” and see things the other way round.

Hopefully it was of interest to you at Liverpool too and I’d like to thank you for the interest you showed and the questions you asked. Even the difficult ones! Everybody has been extremely helpful and friendly and I’m sure that this can be the start of a fruitful relationship between students and teachers from the Universities of Liverpool and Granada.

We were delighted to welcome Andy back after so long, and look forward to developing closer links with staff and students in his current department in Granada.