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OPPORTUNITY: Join us for the Summer of Freedom Reads!

Phoebe Stafford
Fri 18 Jun, 2021

Applications are now OPEN!

Summer of Freedom Reads is a series of summer writing workshops for young people aged 14 - 21 held at the historic National Justice Museum.

Are you looking for an opportunity to connect and work with other young creatives?

Are you aged 14-21 and passionate about reading and writing?

Are you interested in current affairs, activism, and freedom of speech?

Do you want to meet inspiring speakers and take part in guided workshops led by experienced writers?

Then the Summer of Freedom Reads is for you. Keep reading to find out more!


To apply, click here.

Deadline: 21 July 2021.

What is Freedom Reads?

Nottingham is a UNESCO City of Literature. It has a rich and rebellious literary history. The city has made a remarkable contribution to literature, underpinned by the city’s tradition of civil resistance, political defiance and social justice.

Now, Nottingham has been selected by English PEN to deliver three writing workshops to celebrate their centenary project, Common Currency. Common Currency is a unique project that combines debates on freedom of expression, creative campaigning, and a celebration of diverse voices. To read more about English PEN and the work they do, visit their website.

The Freedom Reads summer workshops will look specifically at themes of protest, free speech, and democracy, as well as taking a deep dive into some of the most famous (and infamous) books to have sparked public outrage across time. You will discuss censorship and how it has differed over time and place, develop your writing skills, and engage with guest writers in a #PENWrites letter writing workshop.

PENWrites is English PEN’s international letter-writing campaign in solidarity with writers in prison and at risk around the world. For decades, PEN has supported writers who are unjustly persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and PEN members have long supported fellow writers by sending letters of support.

What’s in it for me?

  1. Hear talks from inspiring guest writers and the opportunity to ask any questions you might have
  2. Three days of guided workshops to develop and hone your writing skills
  3. Receive 1-to-1 professional writing feedback from an experienced writer and facilitator
  4. Free guided tour of the National Justice Museum
  5. £60 cash or book vouchers for taking part and a free goodie bag of books, stationary and other merchandise.
  6. A contribution of £20 towards travel expenses to the National Justice Museum
  7. Free lunch (please indicate any dietary requirements when applying)

When and where are the workshops?

The workshops will run on the 8th, 15th, and 22nd August 2021, from 12pm - 4pm.

Lunch will be provided from 12:15pm and the first workshop will begin at 1pm.

All three workshops will take place in the National Justice Museum, Nottingham.

Your responsibilities

  1. Attend all three Freedom Reads sessions
  2. Be committed and punctual to the programme
  3. Share your feedback and thoughts about the programme and help us improve the sessions.

For more information email phoebe@nottmcityoflit.org

Workshop facilitator, Joshua Judson

Joshjudson

Joshua Judson is a poet from Nottingham. He is an alumnus of Mouthy Poets collective that was based at Nottingham Playhouse and is a member of London’s Barbican Young Poets community. His work has been published in The North, Magma, Brittle Star, The Rialto, The White Review, Bath Magg among others, and he has worked with partners such as Tower Bridge, St. Mungo’s, and the Barbican. Josh has delivered workshops for Schools and Colleges, Writing East Midlands’ Nottingham Young Writers Group, and for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. In 2013, he founded Poetry Is Dead Good, a monthly poetry night in Nottingham once described as ‘Nottingham’s Premier poetry event’ by the Nottingham Post. Josh's debut pamphlet, Gongoozler, is available from Bad Betty Press. He was born in Reading, grew up in the Lake District and was made in Nottingham.

Joshua Judson

Joshua Judson is a poet from Nottingham. He is an alumnus of Mouthy Poets collective that was based at Nottingham Playhouse and is a member of London’s Barbican Young Poets community. His work has been published in The North, Magma, Brittle Star, The Rialto, The White Review, Bath Magg among others, and he has worked with partners such as Tower Bridge, St. Mungo’s, and the Barbican. Josh has delivered workshops for Schools and Colleges, Writing East Midlands’ Nottingham Young Writers Group, and for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. In 2013, he founded Poetry Is Dead Good, a monthly poetry night in Nottingham once described as ‘Nottingham’s Premier poetry event’ by the Nottingham Post. Josh's debut pamphlet, Gongoozler, is available from Bad Betty Press. He was born in Reading, grew up in the Lake District and was made in Nottingham.

Guest speakers

Corinne

Professor Corinne Fowler is a research expert at the University of Leicester, and is Director of Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted. She is an expert in the legacies of colonialism and postcolonialism to literature, heritage and representations of British history. Corinne also co-founded and led the Centre for New Writing for 6 years, where she brought together writers and researchers to commission over 100 creative works.

Professor Corinne Fowler

Professor Corinne Fowler is a research expert at the University of Leicester, and is Director of Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted. She is an expert in the legacies of colonialism and postcolonialism to literature, heritage and representations of British history. Corinne also co-founded and led the Centre for New Writing for 6 years, where she brought together writers and researchers to commission over 100 creative works.

Mariam

Mariam Khan is the editor of It's Not About the Burqa, essayist in Rife Book, columnist at the i Paper, and writes for many other publications including The Guardian, Stylist, Metro, i-D, and more. She sits on an advisory board at the BBC to consult on the representation of Muslim women in media. Mariam has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Gloucestershire and is currently studying for a Masters in Gender Studies at SOAS, London.

Mariam Khan

Mariam Khan is the editor of It's Not About the Burqa, essayist in Rife Book, columnist at the i Paper, and writes for many other publications including The Guardian, Stylist, Metro, i-D, and more. She sits on an advisory board at the BBC to consult on the representation of Muslim women in media. Mariam has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Gloucestershire and is currently studying for a Masters in Gender Studies at SOAS, London.

Panya B Photo

Panya Banjoko is a UK based writer, poet and PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. Her debut collection, ‘Some Things’, was published by Burning Eye Books (2018). Her work features in numerous anthologies, including award-winning Dawn of the Unread (LeftLion, 2016). Her poem One of a Kind was commended in the Writing East Midlands Aurora Poetry Competition (2017) and her poem They and Them featured in an exhibition by artist, academic and critic Keith Piper at the Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London, the British Film Festival (2018) and the International Film Festival, Rotterdam (2019).

Panya Banjoko

Panya Banjoko is a UK based writer, poet and PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. Her debut collection, ‘Some Things’, was published by Burning Eye Books (2018). Her work features in numerous anthologies, including award-winning Dawn of the Unread (LeftLion, 2016). Her poem One of a Kind was commended in the Writing East Midlands Aurora Poetry Competition (2017) and her poem They and Them featured in an exhibition by artist, academic and critic Keith Piper at the Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London, the British Film Festival (2018) and the International Film Festival, Rotterdam (2019).

Shaz

Professor Sharon Monteith is Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Cultural History at Nottingham Trent University. Her latest book, SNCC’s Stories: The African American Freedom Movement in the Civil Rights South (2020) is published by the University of Georgia Press in the series Print Culture of the South. She is currently recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and is writing a literary history of the US civil rights movement.

Professor Sharon Monteith

Professor Sharon Monteith is Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Cultural History at Nottingham Trent University. Her latest book, SNCC’s Stories: The African American Freedom Movement in the Civil Rights South (2020) is published by the University of Georgia Press in the series Print Culture of the South. She is currently recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and is writing a literary history of the US civil rights movement.

The Summer of Freedom Reads programme is supported by a generous donation from Diana Bosworth.

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