Writing is self-expression, but it is also much more. Writing can start a conversation, issue a call to action or stand as an act of witness. Writing may be the work of a unique author, but it can also be interactive and collaborative. Our panel will discuss the potential of writing as a form of action and collaboration.
Olumide Popoola & Annie Holmes, co-authors of forthcoming book breach, a short story collection, which tells the story of the refugee crisis through six voices based on interviews with refugees in Calais.
Nigerian-German Olumide Popoola is a writer and performer. Her other publications include essays, poetry, short stories, the novella this is not about sadness (Unrast Verlag, 2010) and the play text Also by Mail (Edition Assemblage, 2013).
Olumide’s interests include creative/critical investigations into the ‘in-between’ of culture, language and public space. She is an associate lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths College London.
Jean-Paul Flintoff, author of How to Change the World
Jean-Paul Flintoff is the author of five books, published in 16 languages. His latest is a novel, which he crowdfunded with Unbound, and the writing of which involved collaboration with theatrical performers, fellow authors, and many of the individuals who pledged money to the book.
Sarah Haynes, Head of Media Production at the Liverpool Screen School, Liverpool John Moores University and creator of collaborative fiction The Button Jar
Following a career in video production Sarah moved into new media and for a number of years was a multimedia developer at the International Centre for Digital Content, Liverpool, in a team working on CD Rom, web and digital games research projects.
Her research explores the opportunities digital technology affords for collaboration in writing fiction and the potential for new reading experiences.
Sarah is currently working on The Memory Store, an online narrative set in Liverpool in 2115. Readers are invited to contribute their own writing, influencing the story and expanding the narrative universe.
A poet and Transmedia artist, Maya’s writing is infused and influenced through her work for radio, film and theatre. Her collaboration Tales from the Towpath at Manchester Literature Festival was shortlisted for the 2014 New Media Writing Prize, and her recent digital poetic work Ripple was shortlisted for the 2015 Dot Award. She is currently working for Lets Go as a Digital Artist, making interactive theatre and completing Fossil, a chap book of her poetry.
Join us to discuss the following questions and more:
What is the role of a writer and writing in society? Has this changed?
Do new technologies offer new ways of writing?
How might we think differently about the relationship between writers and readers?
Is it possible to have too much writing in the world?
Date and Time: 27/4/16. 6pm Welcome Drinks, 6.30pm Panel Discussion
Venue: Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell Street, London SE10 9BD
Attendance is free, but you need to register at Eventbrite