Event

Why Writing Matters

Saturday 26 May
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens
10 - 11am
£8 / weekend ticket £90

What right do writers have to imagine beyond themselves, and when does this become cultural appropriation? Writer and psychologist Charles Fernyhough chairs a discussion with Professor of Disability Research Tom Shakespeare and writer Preti Taneja on how books not only help us understand the diverse lives of others, but can shake up our very sense of self.

Read about Charles Fernyhough’s upcoming anthology of writing, Others >>

Others: Writers on difference, edited by Charles Fernyhough

Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation (Guardian, October 2016)

Lionel Shriver’s full speech: ‘I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad’ (Guardian, September 2016)

Part of the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. 

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A break-out space will be provided for audience members all day at The Garage, next to Chapelfield Gardens. To find out more email access@nnfestival.org.uk.

This event is BSL-interpreted and captioned.

   

About the speakers

Charles Fernyhough is a writer and psychologist. His non-fiction book about his daughter’s psychological development, The Baby in the Mirror (Granta, 2008), was translated into eight languages. His book on autobiographical memory, Pieces of Light (Profile, 2012) was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. His new non-fiction book, The Voices Within, is published by Profile/Wellcome Collection. He is the author of two novels, The Auctioneer (Fourth Estate, 1999) and A Box Of Birds (Unbound, 2013). He has written for TIME Ideas, Nature, New Scientist, BBC Focus, Guardian, Observer, Financial Times, Literary Review, Sunday Telegraph, Lancet, Scotland on Sunday, Huffington Post, Daily Beast and Sydney Morning Herald. He blogs for the US magazine Psychology Today and has made numerous radio appearances in the UK and US, including BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week, Woman’s Hour, All in the Mind and The Digital Human and BBC World Service’s The Forum. Website

Tom Shakespeare is Professor of Disability Research at Norwich Medical School, UEA. He has written or edited a dozen books on disability and on genetics. In another life, he was a stand-up comedian on the disability arts circuit, authored three TV documentaries, and did a one-man show at Newcastle’s Live Theatre. He is contributing to Charles Fernyhough’s edited collection Others. Website

Preti Taneja was born in the UK to Indian parents and spent most of her childhood holidays in New Delhi. She has worked as a human rights editor, reporter and filmmaker on Iraq, in Jordan, Rwanda, and Kosovo, and her work has been published in the Guardian and Open Democracy. A fellow at Warwick University, in 2014 Preti’s novella Kumkum Malhotra won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize. She also is the editor of Visual Verse and was selected as an AHRC/ BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2014. Website

‘In years to come, Preti Taneja will be known as one of the UK’s most important writers.’ – Nikesh Shukla

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What right do writers have to imagine beyond themselves, and when does this become cultural appropriation? Writer and psychologist Charles Fernyhough chairs a discussion with Professor of Disability Research Tom Shakespeare and writer Preti Taneja on how books not only help us understand the diverse lives of others, but can shake up our very sense […]

Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich