24th May, 2022 / 19:30
12th March, 2015
This Cultural Histories at Kingston double feature offers a fascinating opportunity to consider the creative processes and practical mechanics of the writing and sharing of memory-based content. Memories may be strong, but given that they are held by individuals they are also likely to differ from those of others involved. Who has the right to preserve their version, and what should those investing in the process understand?
Alison Baverstock is associate professor of publishing at Kingston University. She has undertaken extensive research into self-publishing and in particular the processes of externalising the internal, and how this impacts on both writer and those offering associated publishing services. She has recently written an ebook for The Guardian about how to negotiate highly personal writing projects – and what to do with them once you have finished. Should they be shared or left in a drawer for others to discover in future?
Lucy Furlong is a creative writer who is fascinated by the effect that place has on us; in particular how where you grow up affects you at the time – and impacts on your life in future. She has studied the writing of memoirs in relation to place and the memories we hold, and offers a scholarly analysis of how other writers have approached and handled these issues.
A wine reception will follow in the Picton Room. All welcome.