CHASE Creative Writing Residency 2019: Day 7

Sunday, the last full day of the residency. I slept a full ten hours, uncharacteristically, as if my body was already anticipating the early mornings and structured time to which it would soon be returning. It promised to be a fine day, so I set off on long stroll through the Cheshire countryside.

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CHASE Creative Writing Residency 2019: Day 5

North of Watford, just south of Chester, Uber-able from the station. 

Today, like yesterday, and the day before, there’s a fly in the coachhouse kitchen. It panics at my actions to set it free and flies away from the open door. Poor stupid fly. I’ll try again tomorrow. 

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CHASE Creative Writing Residency 2019: Day 3

I wake early, go downstairs for coffee. The rain is my constant companion. Back upstairs with the coffee, in bed, I write. About anything. The only rule is that I write by hand. Today I copy out two poems: Some Trees by John Ashbery, and To Be of Use by Marge Piercy. I love the rhythm of poetry to start a day.

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‘Politics and reflexivity when studying conflict’: Responses and reflections by Hana Sandhu (SOAS)

This piece is a response to a seminar on ‘Politics and reflexivity when studying conflict’ organised by doctoral students from the Courtauld Institute of Art that took place at Birkbeck University on the 19th March 2019. This issue is suggestive for my doctoral project because I am looking at the representation of the First and Second Congo War in popular culture but I am neither Congolese nor of African origin.

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Intelligent Futures: Automation, AI and Cognitive Ecologies

Intelligent Futures was a postgraduate and ECR conference, supported by CHASE DTP and Sussex Humanities Lab. Over the course of two days, the conference challenged researchers to find original, philosophical and cultural approaches to Artificial Intelligence. The interdisciplinary explorations spanned the social sciences, informatics, psychology, art, literature and more, promoting critical and speculative engagements with technical cognition.

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BAME Masterclass blog | Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed gave a masterclass at UEA on ‘Writing Violence: Literature as Reportage/Recovery’ and she began by sharing with the group how she came to write her debut novel Black Mamba Boy, for which she won the 2010 Betty Trask Award. The novel is a fictionalised account of her father’s experiences as a child and young man in Africa in the 1930s and 40s.

By Elspeth Latimer (CHASE funded student, University of East Anglia)

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