Previous Speakers

  • Shirley Chew
  • David Dabydeen
  • Bernadine Evaristo
  • Fadia Faqir
  • Anne-Marie Fortier
  • Abdulrazak Gurnah
  • Richard Hanson
  • Mimi Khalvati
  • Sami Khan
  • Goretti Kyomuhendo
  • Archie Markham
  • Zineb Sedira
  • Gary Younge

Grants Received

We are grateful to the Lancaster University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the 
Lancaster University Friends Programme for generously providing us with funding for our Trans-Scriptions series of events.


writing . culture . location

Read about our Gary Younge event

Trans-Scriptions is a seminar series established to bring together creative writers and academics to explore issues of writing, culture and location. The series first ran in 2005-07 and offered discussion plus readings from contemporary writers. Those seminars were part of a widening panorama of research projects that were focused in regions as geographically and culturally diverse as the UK and Africa. A new Trans-Scriptions series ran in the academic years 2007-08 and 2008-09, supported by the Faculty New Developments Fund and constituting an important element in the activities of the recently established Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research.  Subsequent funding was granted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Seminar Series Fund for a further Trans-Scriptions series, Cultural Tension and Creativity, which ran 2009-2011. Trans-Scriptions continues in 2012 with a series of three events entitled Writing for Liberty.

 Read about our past events.

Forthcoming Events Series: Writing for Liberty

Under the Centre’s current programme of events, Trans-Scriptions, we are launching a new three-part series entitled Writing for Liberty in 2012.

This series will bring to Lancaster writers who have been imprisoned or persecuted for their writings, or who have used their writing in the interests of social and political liberty.

As well as working with writers, we plan to collaborate with human rights and writers’ organisations such as Amnesty International and International PEN.  The aim of the series is to promote debate around fundamental issues of human liberty through the agency of creative and critical writings.  The third event in the series will be followed by a one-day interdisciplinary Conference, drawing on the postgraduate community of creative writing students, based both overseas and at Lancaster.

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