ICCWriting Day - February 2018

ICCWriting Day

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

Date and time
14 Feb 2018 (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 the first ICCWriting Day of the semester, on Wednesday 14 February 2018. 

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

The schedule is as follows (a little revised from the one you may have seen on noticeboards around the School, after the literary agent we had booked to come in the morning could no longer make it):

1.00pm-2.15pm – Room C581: ICCWriting masterclass with Helen Cross

Helen Cross

I’m delighted to welcome back Helen Cross to give her second masterclass of the year. 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.

3.00pm-4.30pm – Room C581: Guest author seminar with Ian Marchant

Ian Marchant 150 x 150It’s a special pleasure to be able to welcome Ian Marchant back to the School of English as our guest author. Ian lectured in Creative Writing at BCU for many years, and today he’ll be talking about his brilliant new work of creative nonfiction, A Hero for High Times: A Younger Reader’s Guide to the Beats, Hippies, Freaks, Punks, Ravers, New-Age Travellers and Dog-on-a-Rope Brew Crew Crusties of the British Isles, 1956–1994, which is published by Jonathan Cape on 15 February 2018. It’s the latest book in Ian’s extraordinary publishing career: he’s the author of two comic novels, In Southern Waters and The Battle for Dole Acre, and (among other works) the travel/memoir/psychogeography books that have established him as one of the most distinctive and engaging writers in Britain today – Parallel Lines, The Longest Crawl, and Something of the Night. He regularly presents radio programmes for the BBC. This will be an event to enthral and delight. 

For more information about Ian and his books, visit here and here.

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.