Speaking

Art Writing 2015, Aarhus_MG_7035 (1)

Commissioned to devise and deliver a performance based upon my Writers’ Inner Voices research at ‘INTIMACY: Art Writing the Body’ festival at the Aarhus Centre for Literature.
December 2015.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Hosting the Patrick Ness event.
August 2015.

The White Review Readings, Newcastle

Reading from my forthcoming edited collection of the unpublished short stories of Ann Quin.
May 2015.

Royal College of Art, London

Plenary roundtable panellist at ‘Experiment in Literature, Film and Music’ symposium.
May 2015.

Open Book, BBC Radio 4

I was interviewed by Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book about my Writers’ Inner Voices research.
March 2015.

Cine City: Brighton International Film Festival

Introduction to a screening of the films of B.S. Johnson, Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs.
November 2014.

Legacies of the Avant Garde: Experimental Writings 1960-2014

Keynote lecture on the life and work of Ann Quin at the University of Brighton.
November 2014.

BBC College of Production Podcast

My Writers’ Inner Voices research formed the basis of a BBC podcast with television and radio writers.
November 2014.

READ: Research in English at Durham Podcast

 

In this podcast, Pat and Jennifer explain that literary critics think about the history of fiction in the twentieth century in the wrong kind of way. According to the prevailing view, British writing was at its zenith in modernism in the early twentieth century, but by the second half of the century it was overtaken by the global movements of postmodernism. British writers could no longer compete in the world market of fiction, which displayed a spirit of experiment and adventure of which the British public were allegedly suspicious.

However, Jennifer and Patricia argue that the problem is one of perspective. Instead of dividing writing according to generic or historical movements, if we think about the various forms that innovation might take we can discover radical British writing preceding modernism, in writers such as George Eliot; outlasting modernism, in writers such as Iris Murdoch; and still visible in the present, in writers such as Tom McCarthy. This podcast and the review stake a claim for the evolving existence of literary experimentation in Britain.

Christine Brooke-Rose reading

Reading at the ‘Christine Brooke-Rose: Remade’ conference at the Royal College of Art, London.
April 2013.

Launch of Best European Fiction Anthology

Hosting the launch event for the Best European Fiction anthology at Europe House, London with authors including Aleksander Hemon and Kirill Kobrin.
January 2013.

COPY Art Residency, Site Gallery, Sheffield

I participated in the COPY event at Site Gallery, taking part in a plenary roundtable, podcast, public talk and publication exploring forms, processes, structures and concerns within contemporary art writing and publishing.
May 2012.

New Media and Academia

Leading a workshop on using new media at the AHRC ‘New Media and Academia’ conference at Northumbria University.
May 2011.

We Must be Boned of our Norms: The British Novel and the Counterculture

Public lecture at the University of Sunderland’s Lunchtime Lectures series.
February 2011.

Reports of its Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Will digital media finally kill the novel?

Public lecture at the Late Summer Lectures series, Durham University.
August 2010.

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