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Martin Paul Eve

Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London

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Festival and Academic Conference
Update: 2011-01-18 9-12th June, 2011 Please note the date of the festival has now changed to: 19-22 Jan 2012 Confirmed delegates include:
Kate Mosse, Jackie Kaye, Elleke Bohemer, Michael Prodger, Bryan Cheyette, Scott Pack, Nicholas Royle and Isabel Ashdown. Supported by Myriad Publishers, and Textual Practice We are inviting abstracts for papers for an upcoming conference on innovations in creative and critical writing. The conference takes place as part of the First Fictions literary festival, and is a collaborative venture between Sussex University and Myriad Editions, in association with Creative Brighton, and other partners in the creative arts. Conference panels will take place in conjunction with literary events and readings. The event will also include a new fiction competition (winner to be published by Myriad Editions), and a series of creative writing workshops run by new authors. Both conference and festival events will take place in the Pavilion Theatre and the Dome Concert Hall, in the heart of Brighton. The aim of First Fictions is to explore the production of new thinking, in a range of creative and critical modes. This will involve the reading and discussion of first fictions by new authors, alongside the reflection of established authors on their own early work, and on innovation in fiction more generally. The discussion and performance of new fiction will take place alongside a series of reflections on the relationship between creative and critical writing, and the role of this relationship in the generation of new creative possibilities. Areas for discussion might include:

  • Twenty-First Century Fiction
  • Modernism Postmodernsim and after
  • Originality and innovation
  • The graphic novel
  • Experimentation and new directions in realism
  • The novel and the academy
  • The ethics of autobiographical fiction
  • Literary Prizes and the new author
  • Publishing, markets and creative innovation
  • New fiction 'after' theory
  • New directions in fiction, ethics and politics
  • Fiction in translation
  • Reviewing, literary Journalism, and the new author
  • Early, middle, and late style

Please send abstracts of maximum 500 words to Peter Boxall ( ) not later than 1st December 2010 1st March 2011. Papers will be of 30 minutes duration.