During the time of Covid19 The Imagining History Programme has an extra-special online offer for writers 15 years and up.

The view of young people living in times of change is often overlooked, even side-lined. What we live through as teenagers affects us for the rest of our lives. IHUK wants to give young writers the chance to explore, examine and reflect on what is happening right now, from the point of view of how it will be seen when they are looking back.

Times Shifting is a month-long online, mentored writing project looking at how to build a historical archive of current events, and then to begin to write a piece of Imagined Historical Fiction written from a point of view in the future and telling a story of now. It is a collaboration led by Dr Dina Gusejnova, Assistant Professor of International History at LSE, University of London and the writer and journalist Elizabeth Ferretti.

It sounds complicated, but actually your brain will work it out pretty quickly. Then your imagination will nail the idea. Now becomes then as we move faster than ever before towards a future we might never have imagined at the beginning of 2020. Hopes and dreams are flying around our heads as physical freedom is limited. Truth is stranger than fiction they say! Just look around the world and see how true this really is…..

We’re in the world of EM Forster’s visionary story The Machine Stops, or the hypnotic There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury, or the dangerous upturned worlds of JG Ballard. How this current world is seen from the future depends on those who are growing through it understand it. Times Shifting is a project that aims to explore this understanding, adapting Imagining History UK’s innovative workshop process in a virtual environment.

Read more about TImes Shifting here

Imagining History UK 2019

The Director and Development team of The Imagining History UK Programme are proud to announce:

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Along with The Young Walter Scott Prize, we are now in our fourth year of inspiring young people to explore the writing of Historical Fiction.  Together with the challenge of the Prize, IHUK is the only creative writing programme for teenage writers in the UK focusing on the research and writing of Historical Fiction. We appeal to both young fiction writers and young historians. We offer opportunities to get out into the historical environment to see, sense and feel the richness that is available to enrich creative thinking and writing.

From modest beginnings at two venues and two workshops in 2015, we have expanded to nine venues and 14 workshops nationwide in 2019.

Innovations this year include our first two workshops in London and a psycho-geographical-historical exploration of the extraordinary waterfronts of Great Yarmouth.

In Cornwall our young writers will give a live public performance of excerpts of their work at the personal invitation of Patrick Gale, Artistic Director of The North Cornwall Book Festival.

We are open for bookings from schools and Sixth Form Colleges, individual over-16s attending under their own steam and home-schooled students. For further details, and to book places: YWSPrize@outlook.com

Scottish Borders         Bowhill House, Selkirk       The House Breathes…        17 June

Edinburgh                     Trinity House of Leith         They Went to Sea…            20, 21 June

Cornwall                         Trerice              A Cornish Journey pt1                   27 June & 5 July

London                           Wallace Collection   The Time-Traveller’s Map            2, 16 July

Norwich                         Museum of Norwich    Starting With Samson…           6, 9,10 July

Woodbridge                  Sutton Hoo  On the Border of Myth and History          8 July

Aylsham                        Blickling    The People That Changed The Land            11 July

Great Yarmouth & The Elizabeth House    From Shoreline to Quayside       12 July

Cornwall                       Penhallam Manor    A Cornish Journey pt 2        2 Sept dates tbc

Special performance: The North Cornwall Book Festival                         11 October

We are, as we have been since our establishment, generously hosted by properties owned and managed by Heritage Environment Scotland, English Heritage, the National Trust, the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust, Norfolk Museums and the Wallace Collection. We are grateful to the staff, volunteers and resident experts who make our young writers feel at home as they explore these amazing places. We are deeply grateful to our ongoing collaborative and creative partnership with the Young Norfolk Arts Festival, and IlluminateUK in Edinburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Imagining History UK Programme announced

WEBPANEL Prog 2019-page-001The Young Walter Scott Prize is proud to announce the 2019 Imagining History UK Programme.

14 workshops for teenage writers that explore the writing skills and creative research that build a work of Historical Fiction.

Workshops are held in

  • Edinburgh,
  • The Scottish Borders,
  • Norfolk,
  • Suffolk,
  • London
  • Cornwall.

From Edwardian country houses, to archeological sites, hidden treasures and spectacular art collections – explore sources of rich inspiration for your writing.

Come along and write stories you never thought you could write!

Then enter the Young Walter Scott Prize – the UK’s only writing competition for young people writing Historical Fiction. Check out this year’s winners at http://www.ywsp.co.uk

For more information about Imagining History, the Young Walter Scott Prize and how to book places on our workshops: YWSPrize@outlook.com.

Cornwall Odyssey ends at St Endellion

On 5th Oct, the team of writers who have been exploring their history and their sense of place will present excerpts of their work during the schools day at the North Cornwall Book Festival. We will be part of an event during which the Charles Causley Poetry Prize will be presented.

Our young writers will write and devise their presentation to show off their developing skills in using senses of place and history to tell satisfying stories.

https://www.ncornbookfest.org/