The School of the Arts is delighted to present:
Rethinking the Contemporary: Experiments with Form (Postgraduates Only)
The third installment of the Miriam Allott Visiting Writers Series 2016
With guest speakers:
Novelist Adam Thirlwell, biographer Ruth Scurr
Canadian artist/writer J.R. Carpenter (in assoc. with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership)
Refreshments will be provided.
Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.
Ruth Scurr’s recent book, John Aubrey: My Own Life, is an imaginative biography of the 17th Century antiquarian, styled as a personal diary. Hailed as a challenge to the limits of biographical form—a combination of scholarly and ‘creative’ writing—Scurr is credited with returning the sense of a ‘stable self’ to the biographical subject by providing an authentic voice. Scurr is also a historian and literary critic who teaches history and politics at Cambridge University, where she is a Lecturer and Fellow of Gonville & Caius College. Her first book, Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (Chatto & Windus, 2006; Metropolitan Books, 2006) won the Franco-British Society Literary Prize (2006), was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize (2006), long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize (2007) and was listed among the 100 Best Books of the Decade in The Times in 2009.
Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. He is the author of three novels, Politics, The Escape and Lurid & Cute; a novella, Kapow!; and a project with international novels that includes an essay-book – which won a Somerset Maugham Award – and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney’s. His work is translated into 30 languages. He has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.
J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian artist, writer, researcher, performer and maker of maps, zines, books, poetry, short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and non-linear, intertextual, hypermedia, and computer-generated narratives. Her pioneering works of digital literature have been exhibited, published, performed, and presented in journals, galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. She is a winner of the CBC Quebec Writing Competition (2003 & 2005), the QWF Carte Blanche Quebec Award (2008), and the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book for her first novel, Words the Dog Knows (2008). Her second book, GENERATION[S], a collection of code narratives, was published by Traumawien in 2010. In 2012 her web-based work CityFish was short-listed for the New Media Writing Prize in Bournemouth, UK, and the Electronic Literature Organization presented a retrospective of her work in Morgantown, WV, USA. She lives in South Devon, England