ICCWriting Day - March 2018

ICCWriting Day - march 2018

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

Date and time
14 Mar 2018 (11:00am - 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 each portion of the event is open to, in the event description.

Dear student, 

You’re warmly invited to join us for the second ICCWriting Day of the semester on Wednesday 14 March 2018. 

Please note the location: room C581, in the new part of Curzon. 

The schedule features three events, as follows: 

11am-12 noon – Room C581: Live poetry show: The Hill with Angela France

The Hill

I’m delighted to welcome Angela France to perform her multi-media poetry show, based on her new collection from Nine Arches Press, The Hill – free to our students and staff.

The book features a remarkable sequence of poems that leads us up the winding footpaths of Leckhampton Hill, near Cheltenham. This vivid production includes original photographs and recordings which give voice to locals who have worked there and tells the dramatic tale of a battle to keep the hill for the people. A celebration of its rich flora and fauna and a fascinating depiction of the many-layered human history of the place, The Hill raises questions about land and ownership, and celebrates those who fight to protect our green spaces. The poet Sheenagh Pugh has described The Hill as ‘exuberant, controlled, angry, elegiac, a poetry of landscape, politics, witness.’


1-2.15pm – Room C581: Masterclass with Helen Cross

Helen Cross

After Kit de Waal had to cancel her scheduled appearance with us at short notice, I’m very grateful that the brilliant Helen Cross has been able to step in to deliver the masterclass this week.

Helen is the author of novels, stories, radio plays and screenplays. Her first novel, My Summer of Love, won a Betty Trask Award and became a BAFTA award winning feature film. Mighty Atom Entertainment are currently working on a film adaptation of her latest novel, Spilt Milk Black Coffee, and she is currently completing a fourth novel. Helen is a Fellow of the ICCWriting. For more information about Helen, visit her website.

NOTE: For MA Creative Writing and PhD students only.

3-4.30pm – Room C581: Guest author seminar with Patrick McGuinness:

Patrick McGuinness

It’s a huge pleasure to be able to welcome Patrick McGuinness back to the School of English as our guest author this week. Patrick is a novelist, poet and memoirist, and Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford. His novel The Last Hundred Days (Seren UK, Bloomsbury USA) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Writers' Guild Award, the Costa First novel award, the Author's Club First Novel Award, and the Desmond Elliot Award. It won the Wales Book of the Year. His lyric memoir Other People's Countries (Jonathan Cape) won the Duff Cooper Prize 2014, and was dramatized on BBC Radio 4. He is the author of two collections of poems, The Canals of Mars and Jilted City (both Carcanet). Patrick is a Fellow of the ICCWriting.

Patrick will be talking about his work across these forms – as well as the new novel he’s been working on.


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.