10 May 2014: Creating New Audiences for Contemporary Women's Writing (University of Brighton)


This workshop focuses on how to communicate research in contemporary women’s writing to new and diverse audiences, including the media. The workshop opens with a talk delivered by Professor Clare Hanson, an established specialist in the field of literature and science, who will talk across how to engage audiences from scientific disciplines. This is followed by a participatory workshop on engaging new sectors of the general public in research in this field, facilitated by Ceri Davies from the University of Brighton’s Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP). The day continues with an illustrative talk on communicating with the media by Professor Sarah Churchwell, an academic with an established history of publishing in the broadsheet press, as well as regular appearances on television and radio programmes.

Contemporary women’s writing is by definition focused on living writers who are increasingly and directly engaged with the media, through interviews and television and cinematic adaptations of their work. The final session will offer advice on how to interview living writers professionally and ethically, to ensure both a productive ongoing working relationship with that writer and to maximise the impact and visibility of that connection.


10.00 Registration and Refreshments
10.15 – 11.00 Prof. Clare Hanson (University of Southampton): ‘Using Expertise in Contemporary Women’s Writing to Engage with Science and Medicine’
11.00 – 13.00 Workshop: Ceri Davies (University of Brighton, Community University Partnership Programme): 'Public Engagement and Impact'
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.45 Prof. Sarah Churchwell (University of East Anglia): ‘Engaging with Newspaper, Television and Radio Audiences’
14.45 – 15.00 Refreshments
15.00 – 16.00 Practical Workshop: Interviewing Authors
16.00 Close


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