June 2nd, 1pm-4pm
The literary landscape has been transformed by the pandemic – how do we move forwards?
In February 2021, Kendal Poetry Festival staged 45 online events over 10 days, including “Rising to the Challenge: Poetry in an Age of Covid” – a discussion which brought the festival-going public together with representatives of poetry festivals, education and theatre. Together, we considered how we had met the challenge of Covid, and how events might change and develop in the coming months and years.
In “Where To Next”, we continue this discussion via three hours of presentations, film and discussion, featuring some of the UK’s leading poets and representatives from literary events. We’ll consider what we lost in the pandemic, and how we survived, adapted and developed. And, with a particular focus on engagement, innovation and accessibility, we’ll identify how we might continue to grow and to support each other in the uncertain times to come.
We really hope you can join us for what promises to be an exciting, dynamic and truly creative conversation. Tickets are free but will need to be booked using Eventbrite.
Tickets available here
PROGRAMME: WHERE TO NEXT?
Where to Next: – creating the conditions for collective post traumatic growth.
Christina Wilson, PhD researcher and poet; and Sarah Willis, coach, counsellor, supervisor
Hybridity: a model for change
Erica Morris and Kate Lovery – Ilkley Literature Festival
Opening the Door: inclusivity, disability and diversity
Hannah Hodgson, poet and activist
Engaging with trauma through literature
Winnie Li – Clear Lines/ Royal Society of Literature
Launch of “Rising to the Challenge: Literary Community in the Age of Covid”
Introduced by filmmaker Em Humble
Ann Sansom, Peter Sansom, Ellen McLeod – The Poetry Business
Engagement and Innovation
Shaun Lawrence – The Reader
Working with Uncertainty
Katharine MacMahon – Royal Literary Fund
Christina Wilson – PhD student and poet
The Digital Art Form
Hannah Catterall – Wordsworth Grasmere
Writers as Teachers in an Age of Covid:
Virtual Action Learning as a tool for creative, personal
and professional development
Fiona Mason – NAWE