Birmingham Literature Festival — Murder She Wrote: Hallie Rubenhold and Jo Baker
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Birmingham Literature Festival — Murder She Wrote: Hallie Rubenhold and Jo Baker

I’m looking forward to chairing this event at Birmingham Literature Festival about the representation of dead women in crime fiction and nonfiction. Tickets can be bought here.

Join writers Hallie Rubenhold and Jo Baker for an in-depth discussion about our obsession with true crime, sexual politics, dead women’s bodies as entertainment, and the ways in which our portrayal of women has evolved (or not) from the Victorian era to the present day.

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Incantations — A Creative Workshop
May
18
2:00 PM14:00

Incantations — A Creative Workshop

This event is brought to the festival by Jodie Kim, Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, and Laura Joyce the Coffin work’s writer in residence. They are working on a project that collects together incantations that relate to histories, mourning, and memories. This workshop will draw on that research and practice to invite participants to create their own incantations and rituals. They see the function of the incantation as a means to crystallise emotion into a powerful moment of ritual.

The workshop will take the form of a short introduction from Jodie and Laura about their research on mourning, lamentation, death rituals, and magic, followed by a practical session where participants can create their own incantations. This will culminate in a ritual performance open to all interested participants where the incantations are spoken, sung, or otherwise performed.

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Death Cafe
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Death Cafe

I am looking forward to facilitating my first ever Death Cafe. At a Death Cafe there are no hierarchies. We all meet simply as people who are going to die. This an agenda free discussion, with the topics determined by attendees.

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Coffin Works Funeral Study Day
May
10
9:00 AM09:00

Coffin Works Funeral Study Day

I will be delivering my creative-critical paper on the history of shrouds, my time as writer-in-residence at Coffin Works, and my obsession with dead girls and true crime.

A day of talks aiming to bring academics, the funeral industry and the general public together to share knowledge about funerals.

A diverse programme includes curious tales from Arnos Vale Cemetery and talks on Victorian funerals, mourning for infants and children in Victorian times, epitaphs, excavating burial ground and the history of UK embalming.

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