Life-Writers of London

The following series is for postgraduates and early career researchers; this autumn season has a particular focus on modernist writers…
Life-Writers of London
In conjunction with the King’s College London Centre for Life-Writing Research
Life-Writers of London is a monthly colloquium for postgraduates and early career researchers to engage in lively debate touching upon contemporary and interdisciplinary life-writing topics. The three sessions in each term will feature a pairing of a speaker and selected short readings. In our discussions we will explore the craft and practice of life-writing as well as critical modes of reading. The sessions will last approximately an hour and a half, with wine and nibbles provided. Afterwards, join us for informal conversation over burritos and drinks at Benito’s Hat!
The autumn term speakers will be:
Monday 6 October, 18.00-19.30
With Susie Christensen (King’s Cultural Institute)

Please note room change to K0.16, King’s Building, Strand Campus

In this talk Susie Christensen will explore representations of life in both text and images, asking what the difference between these two media might be when it comes to depictions of the self in the work of three female writers. The starting point will be the work of Beryl Bainbridge (1932-2010), who fictionalised and distorted her own life experiences in both novels and paintings. From here, working backwards in time, the work of Anais Nin (1903-1977) and Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) will be considered, with particular exploration of Woolf and Nin’s self-fashioning in both diaries and photographs.
 
Additional dates for the diary… 
Monday 3 November, 18.00-19.30
‘“Endless talk”: the counterculture & the interview’
With Becky Roach (King’s College London)
Please note room change to K0.16, King’s Building, Strand Campus
Monday 1 December, 18.00-19.30
‘A Biographical Reading of Trenches: St. Eloi (As Abbreviated from the Conversation of T.E.H)
With Christos Hadjiyiannis (University of Oxford)

Please note room change to K0.16, King’s Building, Strand Campus

It is our hope that Life-writers of London will spark a further dialogue amongst young scholars and institutions about ongoing topics in contemporary life-writing. We welcome postgraduates and early career researchers writing and/or working across London and the UK.
Oline Eaton
PhD candidate, KCL
King’s College London Centre for Life-Writing Research
Nanette O’Brien
PRS DPhil candidate, Wolfson College, Oxford
Oxford Centre for Life-Writing