Creative Writing seminar on ‘Impacts on Poetry’ May 1st

Creative Writing Seminar – ‘Impacts on Poetry’

1st May 2012

Venue: Room 261 (Senate House, second floor)
Time: 17:30 – 19:30

Creative Writing has been taught in British universities for forty years and really took off in the last two decades. There are over a hundred MA courses in the UK, the best of which are a significant training ground for ambitious writers. It is easy to demonstrate that a good writing course can give a talented student a high-speed ride to literary accomplishment. But there has been very little systematic investigation into whether the teaching of Creative Writing has made a traceable impact upon contemporary literary methods and styles. Have creative writing courses changed the nature and styles of what is written and published, of how literature is currently perceived, produced, and consumed? In what ways could the relationship between Creative Writing education and literary culture be considered beneficial? In what ways might it be considered restrictive or harmful? How does the British situation compare with the impact of writing programmes in the USA or elsewhere?

A seminar debating the impact of creative writing programmes on the writing of poetry is one in a series on The Rise of Creative Writing, being run by The Open University in partnership with the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. The speakers are Gregory Leadbetter, Birmingham City University and Stephanie Norgate, University of Chichester.

‘Impacts on Poetry‘

Gregory Leadbetter (Birmingham City University)

Gregory Leadbetter was born in Stourbridge in 1975. A collection of his poems, The Body in the Well, was published by HappenStance in 2007, and his poems have been commended in the Arvon Poetry Competition and shortlisted for the Strokestown Poetry Prize. He has written radio drama for the BBC, and his book on Coleridge’s poetry and poetics, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. He lectures in Creative Writing and English Literature at Birmingham City University, and teaches Creative Writing for the Open University. www.gregoryleadbetter.blogspot.com

Stephanie Norgate (University of Chichester)

Stephanie Norgate is a playwright and poet. Her radio plays, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, include: The Greatest Gift (winner of a Radio Times Drama Award), Clive and The Journalistic Adventures of an American Girl in London (Woman’s Hour serial).  Her stage plays have received readings and performances on the London Fringe with Paines Plough and Theatre Machine at venues such as the Lyric Studio, Hammersmith, The Finborough Theatre and The Old Red Lion.  Her poetry publications include: Fireclay (1998, winner of a Poetry Business pamphlet award), Oxford Poets 2000 eds., Constantine D, Lee H., and O’Donoghue,  B. (Carcanet 2000), and Hidden River,  (Bloodaxe Books 2008) shortlisted for the Forward First Collection prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection prize. Her second collection, The Blue Den, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in September 2012. She runs the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester where she has taught for sixteen years.

Photo credit: Hannah Burton

All are welcome to attend and the event is free.

You will find more information on the research group Contemporary Cultures of Writing at the OU here. The research focus of this new, interdisciplinary group is on writing practices, their cultural contexts and impacts. We are interested in all forms of creative and academic writing, reflective practices, academic literacies, and translation as a creative act. The group’s convenor is Linda Anderson.

For more information on studying Literature and Creative Writing at the OU, read about available degrees and how to enroll here.

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