Acclaimed writers at launch of Centre for New Writing

Posted by er134 at May 01, 2013 01:15 PM |
Award-winning poet Daljit Nagra and shortlisted Man Booker novelist Alison Moore among those speaking at launch of the University of Leicester’s Centre for New Writing on Tuesday, 7 May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 1 May 2013

Photo/filming opportunity: Daljit Nagra - 6:30pm Tuesday 7 May, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre at the University of Leicester.

Award-winning poet Daljit Nagra and Man Booker-shortlisted author Alison Moore will speak at the launch of a new Centre for creative writing.

The University of Leicester’s School of English will launch its Centre for New Writing on Tuesday, 7 May.

The day will feature a string of public events with a stellar guest list of authors, poets and academics.

Things will kick off at 3.30pm with a panel discussion on “Pushing the Boundaries of Form” in the University’s Charles Wilson Building.

The panel will include Alison Moore, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Lighthouse, award-winning poet and author Professor Graham Mort and Graham Rawle, artist, designer, and celebrated author of Woman’s World.

It will also feature Dr Ruth Page, a social media expert in the University’s School of English and author of Stories and Social Media, Identities and Interaction.

The session will be chaired by Dr Harry Whitehead, author and lecturer in creative writing at the School of English.

Award-winning poet Daljit Nagra will give a lecture and reading at 6.30pm.

Nagra won the 2007 Forward Prize, the 2008 South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award, and was shortlisted in 2013 for the TS Eliot Prize.

The day will also include a coffee and book signing session, and there will be a wine reception in the evening.

The Centre Director, Dr Corinne Fowler said: “This is a fantastic day for writers and readers alike. We've established this Centre to give creative writing a more dynamic and influential presence in the East Midlands and beyond.

“As indicated by our past work at the School of English, such as the Grassroutes project, the Centre for New Writing has a strong interest in researching and promoting regional literary cultures. We will also continue to support independent presses in devoting serious attention to gifted yet unknown writers in an age of literary celebrity.

“We are therefore delighted to welcome Dalgit Nagra to the University of Leicester. Nagra is an influential poet and he will have a lot to say about innovative writing processes in his lecture.

“In many ways, Nagra embodies the spirit of the Centre: a published Faber poet himself, he has no interest in kicking away the ladder for emerging writers. He has done everything he can to champion the work of talented writers who are trying to establish themselves in the literary world.

“Our other invited guests also have a huge amount to say about literary innovation, new modes of writing and the impact of new technologies. We want to spearhead many more such discussions.

“Over the coming years, the Centre for New Writing will hold masterclasses, readings, lectures and seminar series. These will be open to the general public. We are also providing free access to our archive of recordings. These include discussion panels as well as interviews and readings by authors such as Caryl Phillips and Laura Esquivel.

“Those who register will be kept informed of all our forthcoming events.”

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