ReWrite 2013


Roehampton University runs an annual conference for practice-based research at their Centre for Research into Creative and Professional Writing. The conference’s format comprises broadly of a two-day tusslethoughtmakegood event with ‘creative practitioners’ invited ‘to come together to celebrate and query the role of the creative arts in the academy’; participants were encouraged to focus on presumed boundaries between ‘critical’ and ‘creative’ writing, the terms creative process and creative research, cross-genre and interdisciplinary approaches to research, defining and redefining creativity and innovative poetics.

Fincham-logoThe topics covered during the conference ranged  from dance to the Armed Forces via scrapbooks and Capability Brown. I also won a book in a raffle, professionally.  After an opportunity to read a short prose piece on the Thursday, poets Kate Potts and Nisha Ramayya and I offered a [n united onslaught in the guise of a] dictionary-based panel discussion during Friday’s session, approaching the conference’s title Practice, Process and Paradox: Creativity and the Academy through our research into dictionaries’ form and content as potential creative texts.

Other great papers, performances, workshops and addressees contributed to the two days, alongside discussions with other scholars and artists. Many thanks especially to Amber N. Koski, Elaine Thomas and Alison Gibb, Jeff Hilson and Tim Atkins, Charlotte Purkis, Tiffani Angus, Susan Greenberg and Lousie Tondeur.

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