Literary Minds (Public symposium, 21st January)

A writer holding his head deep in thought
Writer E.N.Chirikov (1904), by Ivan Semenovich Kulikov [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Do novelists and poets ‘hear’ the voices of the characters and speakers who people their imaginary worlds? In what sense can voices from the literary past enter a writer’s creative process? Do readers experience fictional beings as heard presences? Come to St Chad’s College Chapel on 21st January at 13.00, to reflect with an expert panel on how writers hear voices.

This public symposium organised by the Hearing the Voice project explores the minds of writers, readers and characters as participant agents in literary experience. With a lecture by Professor Pat Waugh on Virigina Woolf, followed by a conversation with the acclaimed novelist Pat Barker and a panel discussion led by Professor Linda Anderson from the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, it will open up new perspectives on literature in order to challenge our understanding of creativity, reading, fictional minds, narrative and inner speech, memory, trauma and therapy.

The conversation starts with a public lecture by Professor Pat Waugh on ‘Experimenting with voices: Virginia Woolf’s fiction as a risky kind of life writing’ 

This public symposium is free and all are welcome to attend, but places are limited and can be reserved in advance through Eventbrite.


The ‘Literary Minds’ symposium is part of the linked programme of events around Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday, a major exhibition on voice-hearing produced by Hearing the Voice and Palace Green Library.

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