Dragon Hall Debates: Rubbish
Control. Alt. Delete? We know that our planet faces serious waste issues, but what if we redefined rubbish? UEA’s Dr Lorna Richardson will explore the value of preserving our digital heritage; poet Dr John Wedgwood Clarke will take us down to the poetic landfill; Norfolk County Council’s Alun Housago will argue that solutions lie in behaviour change; and Norwich FoodHub’s Rowan Van Tromp will challenge us to think about how our economy can work for us – one tin of beans at a time.
Doors open for all events at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Suitable for ages 16+.
Alun Housago works in Norfolk’s local authority waste and recycling sector and has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles. He is an active member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, having been a regional councillor for over 15 years and East Anglian Centre Chairman for three. Alun’s current focus is the development of partnerships and behaviour change around repair, reuse, waste reduction and reduction of contamination in household recycling streams.
Dr Lorna Richardson is a lecturer in digital humanities at UEA, and specialises in digital heritage, digital ethics and social media research methods. She is an archaeologist by training, with a special interest in digital forms of archaeology and digital public engagement with heritage. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a member of the Association of Internet Researchers and is an ethics officer for Computer Applications in Archaeology International.
Rowan Van Tromp, a UEA graduate, co-founded Norwich FoodHub CIC in 2016 following a period of volunteering as a hub leader for Norwich FoodCycle, a branch of the national charity FoodCycle. Since forming, FoodHub has collected and redistributed over 75 tonnes of food that would have otherwise been wasted. He is currently working alongside other organisations within Norwich to better coordinate the collection and redistribution of food, to increase the amount of food that is saved and to increase the provision of food to those who need it most.
Dr John Wedgwood Clarke is a poet, prose nonfiction writer, editor and academic at the University of Exeter. He builds creative-critical dialogue and collaborative practices into his writing and teaching. His 2017 poetry collection, Landfill, explores the poetics of rubbish and marine ecology. It was funded by Arts Council England and The Leverhulme Trust. Poems have been included in PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, POEM, Poetry Wales, The New Statesman, Guardian and others.
The free Dragon Hall Debates series, presented jointly by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing, tackles a range of topical scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome.