UEA Live / 26/03/2021 UEA Live: Writers celebrate 50 years of Creative Writing with Future and Form

As UEA continues to celebrate 50 years of its acclaimed Creative Writing programme, five of the six writers involved in the ambitious Future and Form project joined Henry Sutton (Director of Creative Writing at UEA) and Tim Wright, executive producer, to discuss creativity, process, and results amidst the pandemic. With the Future and Form project...

Books / 23/03/2021 Literature and the allure of suffering

A while ago, I was talking to my friend about whether suffering came with rewards. She had just been offered her dream job after months of struggle in a gruelling interview process. Blood, sweat and tears was the phrase she used, quite literally. Although it was painful, the struggle resulted in her getting what she...

Books / 23/03/2021 Own Voices: can authors write about communities they aren’t a part of?

#OwnVoices is thrown around a lot these days, and for good reason. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is used to describe works of fiction featuring a main character from a diverse community the author is also part of. It is often much deeper than this though, delving into the experiences of someone...

Books / 23/03/2021 Working class representation in literature

When Mr Darcy falls in love with Lizzy Bennet, he tries to fight it, as she is of a lower class than he is, though she is still in the landed gentry. Austen depicts the domestic concerns of this social strata and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is an exploration of class snobbery within the upper classes,...

Books / 23/03/2021 Are Classics actually good?

The term ‘Classic’ has been used to exclude. Throughout history, small, exclusive groups have decided which books deserve the label and refused to change their miniscule library list of epics or poetic verses about whales. That hierarchical style of reading choices was harmful to readers who were not interested in the top shelf, but you...

UEA Live / 19/03/2021 UEA Live: Alison Winch in conversation with the poet Inua Ellams

The poet, playwright and elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Inua Ellams, joined Alison Wench, co-director of UEA Live and lecturer in media studies at UEA, to discuss masculinity, identity and the making of his latest poetry collection, ‘The Actual’. Born in Nigeria, Ellams’ family migrated to England under political exile – however...



The absurdity of the male gaze in literature

Unfortunately, it seems that even in this day of age, women still can’t be expected to be treated equally to men. This time, specifically, it is the representations of women (constructed by certain male authors) within modern literature that emphasises this difference. However, this has certainly not gone unnoticed and uncommented on by female readers….


POC author’s spotlight: Audre Lorde

The late Audre Lorde was a revolutionary in the world of LGBTQ+, Black, and intersectional-feminist literature. She created within her legacy several pieces of work advocating for the civil liberties of those who, like herself, lived within the confines of society’s most marginalised groups. She holds several poems, essays, and books under her authorship, many…

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UEA Live: An Emptiness That Hurts, In Conversation With Tsitsi Dangarembga

Filmmaker, playwright, director, and Booker Prize-shortlisted author. To this list of accolades Tsitsi Dangarembga can now add International Chair of Creative Writing for UEA’s world-renowned Creative Writing MA. It was with great anticipation, therefore, that Dangarembga joined Jean McNeil, Professor of Creative Writing at UEA, and Canongate’s Editor-at-Large Ellah Wakatama to discuss her expansive body…


Do we like romantic subplots in books?

I don’t think authors should incorporate romantic subplots into books which are non-romantic. It drags the reader away from the main plot and may leave them confused if they begin to read about a character’s love life in a thriller or a horror novel. Readers like to be able to follow a story and not…

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