Imagined histories in the form of historical fiction, films or
television programmes are often at the heart of how we think about our
national and personal identities. Historical narratives based on ‘fact’
have always shaped our thinking about our nation, our communities and
ourselves but they are often partial, fragmentary or distorted by
particular vested interests.
Historical fictions can allow us to
re-imagine those narratives, filling the gaps and silences in recorded
history. They can help us to imagine alternative histories as well as
new futures. This conference will explore the ways in which such
fictions exist in a complex and sometimes contentious tension with
mainstream historiographies. Book here.
In these interactive workshops, Creative Writing specialist Barrie Llewelyn will demonstrate some of the strategies that prose writers use to create characters and settings which capture a reader’s imagination. Participants who are interested in either writing historical fiction or teaching creative writing will have the opportunity to read examples, discuss tactics and create scenes of their own. These workshops must be pre-booked by adding them to your Eventbrite booking.
Book here for this free online conference. Tickets for in person events are limited to comply with Covid safety regulations. For more information contact Professor Diana Wallace and/or Dr James Philips.
At Oriel y Bont, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales, open weekdays from Monday 1 November to Friday 17 December 2021.
The opening event is on Friday 12 November, 18.30 – 20.30. Places are limited to comply with Covid safety regulations. Please book via the separate Eventbrite link if you wish to attend.
The exhibition includes work by Susan Adams, Iwan Bala, Judith Beecher, Elizabeth Bridge, Jack Crabtree, Morag Colquhoun, Ivor Davies, Ken Elias, Geraint Evans, Tom Goddard, Rachel Jones, Naomi Leake, Kate Milsom, Paul Reas, Andre Stitt, Daniel Trevidy, Dawn Woolley and others.
Sponsors: The event is kindly supported by the University of South Wales, the Learned Society of Wales, Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive Wales, and Llafur: the Welsh People’s History Society.