Posts from August 2016
Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 September 2016
The Thames Estuary
Shorelines Literature Festival
Time to book your tickets for the Shorelines Literature Festival curated by our very own Rachel Lichtenstein. Taking place over the weekend of September 17-18, writers, artists, film-makers and performers – including Deborah Levy, Horatio Clare, Rose George and Patrick Wright – explore the Thames Estuary and related themes, alongside tours of Tilbury Port, Family Activities and Riverside Walks.
Rachel will also launch her new book Estuary: Out from London to the Sea (2016, Hamish Hamilton) at the festival at 5pm on Saturday 17 September; an immersive, intimate journey into the world of the Thames Estuary and the people who spend time there. Over many years she has travelled the length and breadth of this historic waterway many times over in vessels ranging from hardy tugboats to sailing barges to an inflatable military dinghy whilst gathering an extraordinary chorus of voices: mudlarkers and fishermen, radio pirates and champion racers, divers and oystercatchers, along with the men who risk their lives out on the water and the women who wait on the shore. In this sparkling new book she captures these stories before they vanish from living memory, and merges them with personal experience of this place along with layers from different periods of history.
Further details at: http://www.estuaryfestival.com/event/detail/shorelines
The special issue of Photographies on “Photography and Abstraction”, based on an earlier IMCC symposium, is now out from Routledge. Edited and introduced by John Beck and David Cunningham, with contributions from David Bate, Andy Fisher, John Roberts and Joanna Zylinska, as well as John B and David C., we’re hoping to have some kind of launch event next semester – so watch this space.
Full issue available here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rpho20/9/2
We’re delighted to announce that Gwilym Jones, Lecturer in Renaissance Literature in Westminster’s English Department, has won the 2016 Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award, which is awarded every two years to the best monograph by a first-time author in the field.
The award for Gwilym’s book Shakespeare’s Storms, published by Manchester University Press, will be presented by this year’s Sam Wanamaker Award winner and Fellow, Professor Gordon McMullan, and was judged by a panel of prestigious academics chaired by Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Education at the Globe Theatre in London.
As this year’s Award winner, Gwilym will be delivering a public lecture in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 6 October. Find out more and book tickets.
Veronica Posada, who is currently studying on our MA Art and Visual Culture, will be presenting work from her research project ‘Mapping Memories’ (with Lorena Raigoso) alongside the Mitologia de la Tierra exhibition of seven Colombian artists at the Koppel Project in London (93 Baker Street, W1U 6RL). The show runs from September 15th to November 5th 2016. Further details here.
Mapping Memories is a research tool and visibilization platform that supports recognition of Latin Americans in the UK, as well as promoting processes of unification and resistance against gentrification. See their website at: http://mappingmemory.weebly.com/
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