To mark the end of each semester, Lisa and her Creative Writing colleagues at Wolverhampton University host Conversations with Friends in association with Artsfest.
These online socials invite a special guest to discuss a topic that has featured across the programme that semester or been a subject at large affecting the student community.
So far, the team have hosted:
All the Writing Selves You Have to be with Emma Purshouse
Myriad Editions Short Story Salon with Hannah Vincent, Elaine Chiew & Elleke Boehmer, chaired by Candida Lacey, Publishing Director
Poetry on Prescription: Creative Writing and wellbeing with Deborah Alma
Celebrating Regionality with Anthony Cartwright
Writing Place and Identity with Jan Carson
Writing the Midlands with R.M Francis for Middleway Words Festival
Sign up now to join me and the newly-anointed RSL fellow Niall Griffiths at the beautiful Ty Newydd on the Llyn Peninsula for a week’s worth of masterclasses, discussions and workshops on Writing from Identity.
Prize-winning writers Niall Griffiths and Lisa Blower are both passionate about representing the stories and voices of their own pasts that are synonymous with place, industry, culture, and class. Through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials, Niall and Lisa will focus upon celebrating the stories that may have defined us, those circumstances we’ve broken away from, the places that represent us, and how we might draw from the untold stories of our own experiences to produce work that celebrates regionality, authenticity, belonging, and identity. This is a course that will not shy away from the importance of identity politics and the politics themselves that shape communities and the stories within them. The week will be jam-packed with creative ideas, writing prompts, discussion and informal workshops providing you with a backpack of skills to carry on beyond the course.
Here are my recommended reads for The Big Book Review as available on the wonderful Bookshop.org
Lisa Blower Recommends (bookshop.org)
If you missed the FacebookLive launch for Pondweed with New Writing South on Wednesday July 8th, then why not give it watch by clicking on the link here? Lisa reads from the novel and is in conversation with fellow novelist Sharon Duggal: