Fred D’Aguiar, Sarah Schofield and MA Showcase

4th Nov 2021, 7:30pm

The Arts Centre

Thursday 4th November 7:30pm
Fred D’Aguiar, Sarah Schofield and MA Showcase

For the premiere creative writing event of the season and the first in over a year on campus, we welcome two great writers to our stage and two years of MA student work in a special showcase event.

Joining us from Los Angeles is British-Guyanese writer Fred D’Aguiar. D’Aguiar (b. 1960) draws on his dual Guyanese/British heritage throughout his writing which incorporates poetry, novels and plays. Although born in London, he lived in Guyana until he was twelve before returning to England where the highly politicised atmosphere of the British black community of the 60s and 70s became a major influence on his work.

D’Aguiar is currently Professor of English at UCLA. At Edge Hill, he will launch his exceptional new memoir, Year of Plagues, which reflects on 2020, a year of personal and global crisis. The world around D’Aguiar was shattered by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the United States, California burned, and D’Aguiar was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Year of Plagues is an intimate, multifaceted exploration of these seismic events, which trouble and alienate D’Aguiar from community, place and body. Combining personal reminiscence and philosophy, drawing on music and on poetry, D’Aguiar confronts profound questions about the purpose of pursuing a life of writing and teaching in the face of overwhelming upheavals; the imaginative and artistic strategies a writer can bring to bear as his sense of self and community are severely tested; and the quest for strength and solace necessary to help forge a better future.

Sarah Schofield will launch her debut short story collection, Safely Gathered In, is published by Comma Press in 2021. Schofield is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University and runs writing courses and workshops in a variety of community settings. Her stories have been been published in various anthologies including Lemistry, Bio-Punk, Best of British Short Stories 2020 (Salt), Spilling Ink Flash Fiction Anthology, Back and Beyond Arts Publication, Woman’s Weekly and others. She has been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize and the Guardian Travel Writing Competition and has won the Orange New Voices Prize, Writer’s Inc and The Calderdale Fiction Prize.

This event will include readings from several MA Creative Writing students, past and present.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: £5 / Free for EHU students