Dina Gusejnova: The Tarpaulin-A Biography

Follow this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b083n15m

To a BBC documentary made by our historical adviser, Dr Dina Gusejnova in 2016. You will hear how something as mundane as a sheet of Tarpaulin opens up stories untold of lives lived and events experience.

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Dina’s approach is an excellent example of how the existing historical record might be the source of high quality Historical Fiction. It also shows that History, as a subject to be studies is anything but the stuffy procession of names and dates that it is often made out to be.

No historical facts are too mundane or “boring” if, with a writer’s mind, you are looking at them for their human value and for the stories that hide behind them.

Launch of Suffragette Stories in Norwich

Photos from the Launch of Suffragette Stories.The resource, centred around the Annie Kenny archive held at UEA, includes stories written by professional authors and young people based on both historical details of Suffragette lives and inter-generational interviews with older women in Norfolk.
In July Alan Caig Wilson and Elizabeth Ferretti of The Imagining History Programme UK ran a training event for MA Creative Writers at UEA in techniques of inspiring Historical Fiction writing for young writers, at the invitation of the British Archive of Contemporary Writing.
https://suffragettestories.omeka.net/

From Source to Page to Stage. A performance to remember following their involvement in a Young Walter Scott Prize Imagining History Project. Thanks to the students at Sir James Smith’s Community School, all at North Cornwall Book FestivalPatrick Gale.
“these young authors brought a thoughtfulness and honesty to their work..” Laura Wood
See how assured and connected the readers look as they present their work. A fascinating and moving event. We wish them luck with their entries to YWSP2018.

 

18th September 2018 – Into the woods, time-traveling the centuries back to the 1300s.

20 young writers from North Cornwall, digging with minds and pens to uncover the hidden voices of Penhallam Manor.

Results of their creative excavations will be presented at the North Cornwall Book Festival on 5th October.

Maybe there’s a winner of the 2018 Young Walter Scott Prize emerging amongst them, with the closing date of 31st October fast approaching.

http://www.ywsp.co.uk

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