ICCWriting Day - March 2020

ICCWriting Day - March 2020

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

Date and time
18 Mar 2020 (11:00am - 4:30pm)

Curzon Building

4 Cardigan Street Birmingham B4 7BD United Kingdom

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Free for those eligible.

Booking Information

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

Important coronavirus update

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we have made the decision to cancel our two guest speakers for this event (Deborah Pegg and Patrick McGuinness). The Masterclass with Prof David Roberts will still be going ahead. We are continuing to monitor official advice from the Government about the spread of COVID-19. All University updates will be provided on our website.

You’re warmly invited to join us for the second ICCWriting Day of the semester on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

The schedule features three events, as follows:

11.00am - 12.00pm – Room C416: Legal Matters for Writers, with Deborah Pegg


Vitally important but often overlooked, this special session will address legal matters for writers.

We welcome Deborah Pegg as our guest – a highly experienced commercial law specialist at Astle Paterson. Prior to joining that firm in 2014, Deborah worked in-house, initially in the legal team of a high profile financial services group specialising in investments in the film, TV and entertainment sector and, more recently, as Head of Legal & Business Affairs at a film production company. Deborah is a member of London’s Reform Club and has been a guest speaker for The Production Guild.


1.00 - 2.15pm – Room C416: Masterclass with Prof David Roberts


I’m delighted to say that Professor David Roberts of the School of English will lead this week's masterclass. David is a biographer, novelist and scholar of English literature and drama; more information about his work can be found here: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/english/staff/david-roberts

NOTE: For MA Creative Writing and PhD students only




3.00 - 4.30pm – Room C416: 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 new novel, Throw Me to the Wolves (Penguin, 2019), has received excellent reviews both nationally and internationally. His debut novel The Last Hundred Days (Seren, 2011) 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 ICCW. Patrick will be talking about his practice as a writer crossing and re-crossing multiple genres.


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.