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Creative Writing and English Literature: The State of the Disciplines. An interactive panel

Thursday 2 May 2013, 4.00PM to 5.30pm


  • Andrew Cowan, Director of Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
  • Stephen May, novelist: Author of 'Life! Death! Prizes!', shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize 2013.
  • Dr Angelica Michelis, Senior Lecturer Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University.
The last decade has seen a proliferation of creative writing courses, springing up throughout the UK as independent degrees, components of English Literature degrees, or outside universities altogether. But aren't English Literature and Creative Writing fundamentally different crafts? What is literary creativity, and can it really be taught? In an era of sweeping higher education reforms, should the strange bedfellows of English Literature and Creative Writing have a shared destiny? If so, what is it? 
Three experts from different fields discuss these issues in an interactive panel. There will be a wine  reception to follow. 
This is the final speaker event in the interdisciplinary research project 'Strange Bedfellows?: Creativity and Analysis in an Age of Austerity', funded by the Centre for Modern Studies and the Humanities Research Centre.
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Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff from all departments, and members of the public, are equally welcome.