Lisa Blower is an award-winning writer and academic hailed by Kit De Waal as the “natural heir to Arnold Bennett”. She is a champion of working-class literature and regional voices, often paying homage to The Potteries where she grew up. She's the author of two novels, Sitting Ducks (Fair Acre Press, 2016) - shortlisted for The Rubery Award, the Arnold Bennett Prize and The Guardian's Not the Booker - and Pondweed (Myriad Editions, 2020). Her collection of short stories It's Gone Dark over Bill's Mother's (Myriad Editions, 2019) won the Arnold Bennett Prize. She contributed to Common People (ed. Kit De Waal, Unbound, 2019), and was a columnist for The New Issue during 2020. She is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Creative & Professional Writing at Wolverhampton University where she continues to champion regional voices.
Writing From Identity
There is a place for all voices in literature but knowing how to channel them authentically onto the page to fictionalise a story important to you is what this course is all about.
Prize-winning writers Niall Griffiths and Lisa Blower are both passionate about representing the stories and voices of their own pasts that are synonymous with place, industry, culture, and class. Through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials, Niall and Lisa will focus upon celebrating the stories that may have defined us, those circumstances we’ve broken away from, the places that represent us, and how we might draw from the untold stories of our own experiences to produce work that celebrates regionality, authenticity, belonging, and identity. This is a course that will not shy away from the importance of identity politics and the politics themselves that shape communities and the stories within them. The week will be jam-packed with creative ideas, writing prompts, discussion and informal workshops providing you with a backpack of skills to carry on beyond the course.
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Niall Griffiths was born in Liverpool to a family of Welsh/Irish descent and has lived in mid Wales for a quarter of a century. He was Professor of Creative Writing at Wolverhampton University, and he is author of eight novels, two of which won the Wales Book of the Year Award: Stump (Penguin Random House / Vintage Publishing) in 2004 and Broken Ghost (Jonathan Cape) in 2020. He has also authored memoirs, novellas, a collection of poetry, short stories, reviews, travel pieces and radio plays. His work has been translated into 20 languages, he has given readings on every continent except Antarctica, and the film adaption of his third novel, Kelly + Victor, won a BAFTA.