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The Writing Cultures Group brings together those engaged in writing practice from across Kingston School of Art. Combining research activity and knowledge exchange, the group includes poets, literary critics, film scholars, designers, artists, architects, journalists and cultural critics. They are brought together by practice that engages with the cultural and artistic significance of the written word.
Each year, the Writing Cultures Group runs a series of research seminars and networking events designed to create interdisciplinary and collaborative research possibilities. Aiming to redefine the dialogue around writing and explore its creative potential, these events engage with writing in its broadest definition: as text, as symbol, as artwork, and as communication. With a particular focus on issues of diversity and inclusion, the group recognises, as an explicit part of its mission, the political power of writing, both as a tool of repression and of liberation.
For 2021/22, the theme of the group is para-ability. This includes (but is not limited to) disability, neurodiversity, mental health and chronic illness.
The Writing Cultures Group is the home of Writers' Centre Kingston (WCK), a literary cultural centre dedicated to the practice research and knowledge exchange of creative writing in all its forms, with an annual programme of events, talks, workshops and festivals. Each of the dozen special events that make up the annual programme are themed, from Living to Dying, Loving to Hating. WCK utilises many of Kingston's beautiful and unique venues, such as The Rose Theatre and Dorich House Museum.
The programme brings together some of the finest writers from across the UK and the world, in conversation with the exceptional staff of Kingston University. The understanding of writing is inclusive and innovative, and it is fundamental to WCK's mission that audiences and participants are a mix of students alongside the considerable local community of writers and literary devotees.
Writing Cultures also supports the activity of Life Narratives Research, whose work shares best practice across all genres of life narrative work through impactful research and applied research projects in partnership with academic, governmental, humanitarian and industry stakeholders and produce publications centred on the experience, methodology and formats of life narratives across written, visual, and virtual cultures.