Regarding War: image/text


  • 10.30am – 1.00pm exhibition and coffee
  • 11.00am-1.00pm creative writing workshop with Graham Mort
  • 2.15-3.00pm Screenings: Journey Man & How Life Happens
  • 3.00-3.45pm talks by photographer Richard Hanson, critic Dr. Lindsey Moore & filmmaker Sami Khan
  • 4.00-5.45pm panel discussion

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Writing Workshop

Graham’s workshop took place from 11am – 1pm.  It explored photography and the stimulus it offers to writers through Richard Hanson’s Regarding War images in a writing workshop open to all.

The idea of using photographs to generate our individual pieces of writing worked brilliantly. Graham Mort was very engaging and his insights into the intersections between writing and photography were illuminating. There was an atmosphere of intense focus in the workshop, when people had chosen one of Richard’s or Graham’s images and were madly trying to get all their thoughts down – a diverse range of work resulted.

Regarding War: image/text

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…its been a very challenging and provoking project for me to be involved in, a very different pace from my normal working life, and I’ve found it a great chance to reflect on what I do and why.

Richard Hanson on Regarding War

This Trans-Scriptions event took place on June 18th 2009 and brought together a photographer, a filmmaker, a contemporary writer and a literary critic to discuss the themes of conflict, displacement and alienation in the context of the Centre’s Regarding War project. The day had as its starting point the Centre’s online Regarding War exhibition, which contains images by photographer Richard Hanson and textual pieces written in response to those images by novelist Fadia Faqir. The conference included an exhibition of Richard Hanson’s photographs, a creative writing workshop run by Graham Mort and the work of two filmmakers who are exploring similar themes, Dictynna Hood and Sami Khan.

Comments on the 2009 Trans-Scriptions event

“I want to thank every one involved in making it such an interesting and challenging event.  The workshop, the talks, and the discussion were so stimulating and thought-provoking.”

“Really appreciated the event. Brought together an interesting group of people. A stimulating thought provoking event. Would be good if there were future events of this kind.”

“It was a great day that was accessible to both academics and non-academics. It was linked together from the workshop to the panel discussion which gave it continuity and reinforced the subject matter.”

“The interdisciplinary nature of the event was inspiring. The fusion of poetry, prose, photography and film meant that fresh insights were discovered as the day progressed. I went away full of new enthusiasm and ideas.”

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