Tag: Innovative

29
Sep
2020
Posted in programming

Innovative programming celebrates 50 years of Creative Writing at UEA

Beginning on 1 October, the University of East Anglia (UEA) celebrates 50 years of its pioneering Creative Writing programme.

As we head into our 50th year we are excited to launch an ambitious series of international events, projects and initiatives. Building on its extraordinary heritage, the Creative Writing 50th anniversary celebration will explore key trends shaping literature today, uncover the next generation of global voices and push the boundaries between contemporary writing and creative technology.

Professor Henry Sutton, Director of Creative Writing, said: “UEA’s Creative Writing programme continues to go from strength to strength. These initiatives are a testament to its questioning, questing spirit for knowledge, excellence and creative expression.”

International Chair of Creative Writing – Tsitsi Dangarembga

Today UEA announces its new International Chair of Creative Writing (ICCW) and Global Voices Scholarship programme, which celebrates leading writers from around the globe while continuing UEA’s tradition of nurturing the world’s most promising emerging writers. Its first chair will be the internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean novelist, playwright and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga. 

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s most recent novel, This Mournable Body, is shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. Supported by UEA colleagues, she will deliver an ambitious programme of literary events, classes and workshops across the African continent and in the UK during 2021-22. 

This new position of International Chair has been created through philanthropy, and will be offered to four more prominent writers over the next five years from the Asia, Australasia, the Americas and the Middle East, each with a year-long remit to find, nurture and promote new voices from that region. The Chair will be supported by UEA’s Creative Writing department to deliver events, masterclasses and workshops. The International Chair initiative will be complemented by Global Voices scholarships, offering 50 fully paid places on UEA’s competitive MA course over five years.