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Lancaster_Words

Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 July 2017
 
Featuring appearances by writers and artists PJ Harvey, Paul Muldoon, Zen Cho, Carol Birch, Jenn Asworth, Jo Baker and many others, Lancaster Words is a three-day celebration of the written and spoken word.
 
Readings, interviews, talks, panel discussions, performances and workshops at different venues across the city and on campus. 
 
With many free events, please book early to avoid disappointment.
 

Lancaster Words is led by a committee chaired by John Schad, and including Tajinder Hayer as Director, George Green as Assistant Director, and Yvonne Battle-Felton as Creative Producer.

Lancaster Words is generously supported by the University’s ‘Friends Programme’

 

Events:

 

Thursday 6th July 

 

See full event page here.

 

'With Muldoon'

 

This a reading/writing event for year-12 students featuring poetry, drama, criticism, and literary journalism workshops, each engaging with Paul Muldoon’s work, and ending with a live  ‘showcase’ hosted by Muldoon himself.  Lunch and refreshment included.  Limited places available.  For further details please ask your Head of English to contact Professor John Schad.

Time: 10am -2:30pm 
Venue: The Nuffield Theatre, University of Lancaster
Booking: Free | BOOK NOW

 

Sleep and Sleeplessness in Jane Austen

 

Dr Michael Greaney, Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing, gives a talk on sleep in Jane Austen. Read about Michael Greaney

Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue:  The Storey Institute Reading Room, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Booking: Free, advance booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Creating Characters for the 21st Century Young Adult Novel

 

In this challenge to the audience, Danielle Jawando, Pete Kalu and Tariq Mehmood will discuss how to invent characters and plots that are truly diverse. Several potential pitfalls will be outlined and the debate extended to the hot topics of authenticity, cultural appropriation, representation and artistic freedom.

By the end of the session, participants may have a better idea of how to craft YA plots which have a deep consideration of diversity and inclusion at their core.

Read about Danielle JawandoPete Kalu and Tariq Mehmood

Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free, advanced booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Religion and literature: Run Away Tales: Reading the Parable of the Prodigal

 

Dr Mark Knight, Senior Lecturer Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing, leads a discussion on religion and literature. The event will feature four speakers: Jenn Ashworth, Karl Moller and Andrew Tate each giving 10-minute readings/interpretations of the parable of the Prodigal.

Read about Jenn AshworthKarl Moller and Andrew Tate

Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Lancaster Priory (Military Chapel), Lancaster, LA1 1YZ
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW

 

Telling in Full exhibition

 

An exhibition from a range of North West artists exploring the notion of creative translation; particularly the relationship between literature and the visual arts.

Time: 7pm - 8pm Exhibition opening night; the exhibition will remain in situ until 8 July
Venue: Peter Scott Gallery, Great Hall Complex, N Spine, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW
Booking: Free | (For more information on the opening night please email lancasterwords@lancaster.ac.uk)

 

PJ Harvey and Paul Muldoon – A Conversation

 

PJ Harvey will join Paul Muldoon on stage at the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster. The two will read from their poetry and explore, through conversation, its relationship to song lyrics. Books from both writers can also be pre-ordered through the box office for a brief signing event afterwards. Read about PJ Harvey and Paul Muldoon. A spoken word event, non-musical performance.

Time: 8pm - 9pm
Venue: Nuffield Theatre, Great Hall Complex, N Spine, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW
Booking: Tickets for ‘PJ Harvey and Paul Muldoon – A Conversation’ are £20. Concessions are £12. There are a limited number of £9 tickets for those under 26. Book here.

 

Friday 7th July

 

See full event page here.

 

'With Muldoon'

 

This a reading/writing event for year-12 students featuring poetry, drama, criticism, and literary journalism workshops, each engaging with Paul Muldoon’s work, and ending with a live  ‘showcase’ hosted by Muldoon himself.  Lunch and refreshment included.  Limited places available.  For further details please ask your Head of English to contact Professor John Schad.

Time: 10am -2:30pm 
Venue: The Nuffield Theatre, University of Lancaster
Booking: Free | BOOK NOW

 

Women in White: a Cultural History of the White Dress in Gothic Literature and Film

 

Dr Catherine Spooner, Senior Lecturer Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing, gives an engaging talk on the white dress in gothic literature and film. Read about Catherine Spooner

Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: The Storey Institute Reading Room, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Booking: Free, advanced booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Lancaster Words Short Film Competition screening

 

Winners of the Lancaster Words Short Film Competition are screened. Find more information here.

Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: The Storey Institute Lecture Theatre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Booking: Free, advanced booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

In Conversation with Ian Martin

 

Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Martin, talks about his career writing for series such as Veep and The Thick of It (he was official ‘swearing consultant’ on the latter). Read about Ian Martin

Time: 7pm - 8pm Venue: The Storey Institute Lecture Theatre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Booking: Free, advanced booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

New Writers’ Showcase

 

Up and coming writers from Lancaster University’s Creative Writing programme will be performing their work.

Time: 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Storey Institute Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW

 

Open Mic Night: Live night of spoken word poetry and prose

 

Time: 9.30 - 10.30 pm
Venue: The Storey Institute Auditorium
Booking: Free; tickets must be ordered in advance. | BOOK NOW

 

Saturday 8th July

 

See full event page here.

 

Underwater Beasts: Sarah Hymas book making event

 

A creative writing and book-making workshop for 7-10 year olds (and their adult) with Sarah Hymas. Come and learn about some of the amazing microscopic creatures that live in our oceans, then make a tiny booklet about them. Read about Sarah Hymas

Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free, advance booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Stories 2 Connect

 

Stories of resilience and transformation created collaboratively with disadvantaged young people in Lancashire.

Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: Lancaster Central Library, Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HY
Booking: Free, advance booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Zen Cho

 

British Fantasy Award and Crawford Award winner, Zen Cho will be reading from her historical fantasy novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, and from her short fiction. Read about Zen Cho

Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free, advance booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Breaking the language: shameless multilingual authors

 

A group of authors will discuss the (ab)use they inflect upon language. Find out more here. Read about Zen ChoOscar DelgadoInes Gregori Labarta, and Qen Mai

Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free, advance booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Graphic novels panel

 

A panel with three local comic book creators discussing the medium.

Time: 2pm - 3pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free, advance booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

The Good Immigrant

 

Journalist Coco Khan reads her work and discusses the anthology, The Good Immigrant. Read about Coco Khan

Time: 3pm - 4pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free, advance booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

 

A reading of selections from this famous Arthurian romance in both the original Middle English and contemporary English – and all in the atmospheric tower of Lancaster Castle.  The performance is devised by Lancaster University scholars Dr Clare Egan and Dr Liz Oakley-Brown. Read about Clare Egan and Liz Oakley-Brown

Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Lancaster Castle, (The Tower), Lancaster, LA1 1YJ
Booking: Free, advance booking essential| BOOK NOW

 

Three writers in conversation: Jenn Ashworth, Jo Baker & Carol Birch

 

Read about Jenn AshworthJo Baker and Carol Birch

Time: 7pm - 8pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free, advanced booking esssential | BOOK NOW

 

Cake

 

Launch of the Lancaster Words Special Edition featuring 2-3 engaging readings and wine and soft drinks.

Time: 8pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free – advanced booking required | BOOK NOW

 

The Paul Muldoon interview

 

The festival concludes with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, in conversation with fellow poet, Eoghan Walls. Read about Paul Muldoon

Time: 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free, advanced booking essential | BOOK NOW

 

Event Details

 

The majority of events are free but require advanced booking. Please see links for individual events to book tickets.

Booking & Event Times

July 2017
Thu 6
  • 10:00 - 21:00
Fri 7
  • 10:00 - 22:30
Sat 8
  • 11:00 - 21:30