Place and Identity Creative Writing Symposium

Saturday 18 March 2017, Chancellor's Hall, Senate House

How do we articulate our changing identities as we leave our places of origin and relocate to a new place? Can one truly leave a home or homeland behind? What is the meaning of home? How do we address the complexities of migration, diaspora and capture multiple cultural identities in poetry?

This symposium will feature presentations and dialogues by a diverse range of established and emerging poets and poet-researchers whose work engages with and re-interprets the meanings of homeland and cultural identity. There will be a reading by Booker prizewinning poet George Szirtes (Hungary-born author of many books including Bad Machine published by Bloodaxe), as well as translator of Hungarian) and Hannah Lowe, author of two collections, Chan and Chick (Bloodaxe Books) who has been named by Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets in the UK.


9.30am - 9.45am         Registration

9.50am - 10.00am       Welcome remarks

10.00am - 11.15am     Panel 1: Home, Displacement and Belongingness

                                    Chair: Niall Munro

                                    Panellists: Rachel Long, Claire Cox, Amali Rodrigo

11.15am - 12.30pm     Panel 2: The Language of Diaspora and Exile

                                    Chair: Robert Hampson

                                    Panellists: George Szirtes, Agnieszka Studinska, Jennifer Wong

12.30pm - 1.30pm       Lunch

1.30pm - 2.40pm         Reading: the Poetics of Elsewhere

                                    Mary Jean Chan, Claire Cox, Theophilus Kwek, Rachel Long,

                                    Amali Rodrigo, Agnieszka Studinska, Jennifer Wong

2.40pm - 3.50pm         Panel 3: Family, Culture and Identity

                                    Chair: Sarah Howe

                                    Panellists: Mary Jean Chan, Theophilus Kwek, Hannah Lowe

3.50pm - 4.00pm         Concluding remarks

4.00pm - 4.30pm         Refreshments

4.30pm - 5.30pm         Reading: translating and reimagining home

                                    Hannah Lowe, George Szirtes

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