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Birkbeck Arts Week 2014: Friday 23 May

Writing for Young Adults

    When? 5pm – 6:30pm
    Where? Room 112, 43 Gordon Square
    What is exciting for young adults to read? What is ‘suitable’? Does it matter? Whatever we think about these things, it is the case that the young adult audience is now a powerful force in fiction. The future is theirs …. Perhaps it is time for the very question of what it means to be a ‘young adult’ to be rethought? To explore the issues of reading as a young adult and writing for this group please join our panel of writers (John Lucas, Nicole Burstein) and teachers (Jane Bassett, Matthew Hilton-Dennis). The event will include short talks, reading from fiction and a chance for Q and A with our panellists.

    Reserve your free place for Writing for Young Adults here.

The Acts Between

    When? 6pm – 7:20pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    The Acts Between is a performance exploring the themes of mental health and the passing of time.  It responds to the spaces of 43 Gordon Square, making links to the building's history and former Bloomsbury resident Virginia Woolf. For Arts Week 2014, the company presents a 90 minute installation version of the performance.  Audience members can drop in and out at any time.

    -- Book your place for The Acts Between here.

The Carnation Revolution Between African Anticolonialism and European Rebellion

    When? 9am – 8pm
    Room? B04, 43 Gordon Square

    This three-day international conference will gather historians, sociologists, film scholars, art historians and political scientists to discuss the 1974-75 Carnation Revolution in Portugal, in the year of its fortieth anniversary. The Revolution is one of the most intriguing events in European contemporary history, in between post-war African anticolonialism and the context of social rebellion of the long 1960s. The conference finishes on Saturday with a day of film screenings.

International Contemporary Art Trends: Views from Hamburg

    When? 6pm – 7pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square
    Founded by Dr Falckenberg, the Collection which bears his name is a leader in Germany and contains 2,000 works, emphasizing German and American  contemporary art of the last 30 years. This lecture on trends in contemporary art will also refer to numerous Visiting Exhibitions at Hamburg's Deichtorhallen Falckenberg Collection, featuring prominent artists such as William Burroughs, Mike Kelley and - currently - Philip Guston and Juergen Partenheimer.

    Reserve your free place for International Contemporary Art Trends here.

Writing for a Shakespearean Stage: New Plays for The Globe

    When? 6pm – 7:30pm
    Where? Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square
    For the past seventeen years, the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe has played host to many productions of plays originally written for Elizabethan and Jacobean theatres. But what is the Globe like as a space for the presentation of new writing? How do playwrights approach the task of writing new plays for this distinctive stage? Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring renowned playwrights including David Eldridge (Holy Warriors, 2014) and Jessica Swale (Bluestockings, 2013), chaired by Dr Gillian Woods (Birkbeck).

    Reserve your free place for Writing for a Shakespearean Stage here.

Fire Walk with Me: Trauma, Catharsis and the Fantasy of Fantastical Kinship

    An evening organised by Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC)

    Andrew Asibong (author of Mameluke Bath, 2013) and Hannah Eaton (author of Naming Monsters, 2013) discuss the impact of David Lynch's frequently dismissed 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me on their work, and consider Lynch's importance for imaginative reponses to trauma, fantasy and catharsis. The discussion will be followed by a screening of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.


    This event is free, but please reserve your place using our online booking form.

While they should be sleeping...

    When? 7:30pm – 9pm
    Where? Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square
    Tonight some of the School’s finest performers play live and unplugged.
  • Jo Winning: half academic, half singer-songwriter, lives and works somewhere in the world of folk, and is beavering away on the forthcoming album Cathcart Circle.
  • Louise Owen & Tony Fisher: duo of jazz vocal and guitar perform intimate arrangements of jazz standards.
  • Pepper and Shepherd: Kings on the Rye. (part-time biscuit designers)
  • No need to book - just come along on the night!