ICCWriting Day - December 2017

ICCWriting Day

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

Date and time
06 Dec 2017 (1:00pm - 4:30pm)

Curzon Building

4 Cardigan Street Birmingham B4 7BD United Kingdom

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Free for eligible students.

Booking Information

No booking required, but please note who this event is open to in the event description.

Dear student,

You’re warmly invited to join us for our final ICCWriting Day of the semester on Wednesday 6 December 2017.

The schedule is as follows: 

1.00pm-2.15pm – Room C315: ICCWriting masterclass with Jonathan Davidson

I'm delighted to welcome Jonathan Davidson to give his first masterclass for us. Jonathan is a poet and radio dramatist, co-founder and Associate Director of the Birmingham Literature Festival, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, and Director of Midland Creative Projects. His radio plays are regularly broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4. His stage adaptation of Mary Webb’s novel, Precious Bane, toured with Interplay Theatre. His most recent collection of poetry is Humfrey Coningsby: Poems, Complaints, Explanations and Demands for Satisfaction (Valley Press, 2015). Jonathan was our guest speaker at the Creative Writing Summer Show 2016.

NOTE: For MA Creative Writing and PhD students only.

3.00pm-4.30pm – Room C315: Creative Writing Careers Panel with Alison Jean Lester and Liam Brown, chaired by Jonathan Davidson

It's time for this year's Creative Writing Careers Panel, which we're very pleased to present in association with Writing West Midlands. Jonathan Davidson will chair the discussion with two excellent novelists. 

We welcome back for his second visit to the School Liam Brown. Liam is from Birmingham. His short stories have appeared in countless magazines and anthologies, while his fist two novels, Real Monsters (Legend Press, 2015) and Wild Life (Legend Press, 2016), were each longlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. His third novel, Broadcast (2017), has been met with wide international interest, published by Legend Press in the UK, Penguin Random House in Australia, and by Dogan Ve Egmont in Turkey, as well as being optioned by a major Hollywood studio. 

Liam will be joined by Alison Jean Lester. Alison was born to a British mother and an American father, and was educated in the US, the UK, China and Italy. She spent 25 years working, writing, and raising her children in Japan and Singapore before relocating with her West Midlands-born husband to Worcestershire in 2016. She is the author of the novels Lillian on Life and Yuki Means Happiness, both published by John Murray, and her short fiction has appeared in Ecotone, Good Housekeeping, Barrelhouse and Synaesthesia. 

As ever, this will be a very fine day - and the Creative Writing Careers Panel provides an opportunity for all of our students interested in writing, editing or publishing to get even more inside views on the industry.

Forthcoming events in The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing is devoted to cultivating the literary arts and the life of ideas with public masterclasses, workshops and talks.

Based within the School of English at Birmingham City University, the activities of the Institute both enrich the University’s creative writing courses, through its series of masterclasses and guest authors, and engage with the wider culture beyond the University, through its calendar of public events.

Forthcoming dates will be announced soon.