Design a site like this with
Get started


Below is the expected running order of the day. Following the conference, we are working with the leading peer-reviewed journal Life Writing to publish a special issue based on the programme.

9.30am – 10amIntroduction
10am – 11.30amPanel One

Veronica Layunta-Maurel, University of Nottingham: ‘Storytelling as a Tool for Re-Authoring Identity in Collective and Transgenerational Trauma’
Dr. Shadia Abdel-Rahman Téllez, University of Málaga/University of Oviedo: ‘Pain-full Life/Writing: Intersections of Trauma and Chronic Pain in Amy Berkowitz’s Tender Points’
Jane Hughes, University of Aberdeen: Creative Reading Performance
Dr. Tawnya Renelle: ‘Inside the Trauma Fonds’
10am – 11.30amPanel Two
Prof. Gi Taek Ryoo, Chungbuk National University, Korea: Language, Matter, and Life in Lyn Hejinian’s My Life’
Fraser Logan, University of Warwick: ‘How to Become Honest: Nietzsche and Spontaneous Life-Writing’
Dr. Emma Parker, Keele University: ‘The End of Empire for J. G. Ballard: Abandoned Houses, Empty Swimming Pools, and the Colonial Uncanny’
Dr. Charlotte Barnes, University of Wolverhampton: ‘Writing my self real: How Narrative Construction Builds Character’
11.30am – 12 noonBreak
12 noon – 1pmKeynote Speaker
Joanna Walsh
1pm – 2pmLunch Break
2pm – 3pmWorkshop
Sean Hewitt
3pm – 3.30pm Break
3.30pm – 5pmPanel Three
Dr. Delphine Grass, University of Lancaster: ‘The Translation Memoir as Autotheory’

Emma Winsor Wood, University of California Santa Cruz: ‘Personal Statement’
Prof. Linda Levitt, Stephen F. Austin State University: ‘The Collector’s Inventory’
Lucie McLaughlin, Glasgow School of Art/CCA Derry-Londonderry: ‘Suppose a Collapse’
3.30pm – 5pmPanel Four
Kate Morgan, Royal College of Art: ‘select anachronica’
Dr. Oline Eaton, Howard University: ‘“I don’t wanna cry […] I don’t wanna ruin my makeup […] I’m totally fine”: Trauma, Imperfect Victims, and the Inadequacies of Language’
Bridget Blankley, University of Southampton/University of Birmingham: ‘One Hundred and Eight Ways to Say Goodbye’ 
Dr. Shalini M, Central University of Kerela: ‘Duping Someone Else’s Body: Life Story of a Body Double’
5.30pm – 6.30pmKeynote Speaker
Lauren Fournier
6.30pm – 7pmBreak
7pm Social with a reading from Writer-in-Residence
Prea G Kaur