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National Writing Day

24/06/2021 (17:00-18:00)
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Creative Writing: Practice Research and Discovery

As part of an online series of lectures, to mark National Awareness Days, we are pleased to celebrate National Writing Day.

Professor Simon Perril will introduce the topic of practice research, Creative Writing PhDs, and DMU’s new provision for PhD by Extended Professional Practice. Then 4 authors from Leicester Centre for Creative Writing will speak for 10 minutes each, culminating in a round table discussion and Q+A. In the first half of the event DMU staff authors will talk. Poet Dr Joanne Dixon will discuss the role of epiphany and discovery in research, and her experiences undertaking a PhD. Novelist Nicola Valentine will talk about the process, and value, of undertaking PhD by Published Works. Then PhD students will talk about their projects and explain their relevance to DMU’s research themes.



5pm Professor Simon Perril

Introduction: what are the challenges of Practice Research? What are the opportunities and values in undertaking PhD by Published Works / Extended Professional Practice?

Leicester Centre for Creative Writing Authors:

5.10pm Jo Dixon - Practice Research Methodology: Epiphany as survival tool (Lifelong Wellbeing)

5.20pm Nicola Valentine - PhD by Publication: the crime novel as Neo-liberal Critique (Equality and Social Justice)

Leicester Centre for Creative Writing: PhD tasters

5.30pm Caroline Butterwick: Oulipo and other experimental techniques as ‘ways of knowing’ (Equality and Social Justice)

5.40pm Rosie Georgiou: Storytelling to agitate awareness (Living in a Digital Society)

5.50pm Panel discussion /Q&A

6pm Close


Bookings will close 1 hour prior to the start of the event, and registrants will receive a link to join the online event 24hrs before the event, via their provided email address.

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This event is open to all.

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