Poetry, Representation and the Archive
Towards a Centre for Contemporary Poetry in the Archive is a pilot project funded by the Mellon Foundation at the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) at UEA between 2022 and 2023. The proposed Centre will have at its heart a pioneering collection of underrepresented poetries. Our approach to understanding and defining underrepresentation aims to be alert to cross-cutting forms of discrimination in British and Irish literary culture relating to class, gender and ability. We also aspire to critically value and promote innovative formal approaches to contemporary poetic composition – such as the conceptual, the visual, the performed and the digital – as well as the poetic use of dialects and creoles spoken by communities which have been historically marginalised in the UK and Ireland.
Our one-day symposium at the University of East Anglia, Poetry, Representation and the Archive, will bring together researchers in these areas to discuss the kinds of question such a project raises. The symposium will be followed in the evening by a drinks reception and poetry readings to mark the launch of the archive of Sarah Maguire: feminist poet, critic, and founder of the Poetry Translation Centre.
The Call for Proposals is open now and closes Mon 6 March. To submit a proposal, or find out more information, visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/web/library/british-archive-for-contemporary-writing/collections-a-z/centre-for-contemporary-poetry/events
Please select 'More Info' above for further information on the delegate rates, including details of a limited number of free places available for unfunded UEA PGR/PGT students and unwaged delegates.
Registration and booking inquries:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44(0)1603 593412
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
A Day Pass includes, a full day of panels with lunch and refreshments, as well as free parking.
We're delighted to welcome Bhanu Kapil as our keynote speaker.
Bhanu Kapil was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022. Her most recent book, How To Wash A Heart, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Kapil lives and writes in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Churchill College. The recipient of a Windham-Campbell Prize and a Cholmondeley Award, both for poetry, she is the author of six full-length collections. Forthcoming from Prototype in 2023 is a new edition of her 2006 prose work, Incubation: A Space for Monsters.
Following the symposium, we hope you will join us for the Sarah Maguire archive launch. Exhibition cases will display items from the Sarah Maguire archive with captions by UEA staff. There will be readings of poems by Sarah Maguire by UEA Poetry students, plus short speeches by one of Maguire’s executors and a representative of UEA/BACW.
The full programme will be released in April. To help you plan, here are provisional timings for the day:
10am - Arrival and registration
12pm - Lunch
4:15pm - Keynote
5:00pm - Plenary and close
6:30pm - Sarah Maguire archive launch and drinks reception
All timings above are subject to change.
Standard Rate - £70
Student/Unwaged Delegate Rate - £45
Valid for students and those who are unemployed or on income support.
There are a limited number of free places available for unfunded UEA PGR/PGT students, and unwaged delegates. Please contact [email protected] to discuss eligibility and apply. Closing date for applications, Thursday 4 May. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
Digital Delegates - £35
Attendance will be online (platform TBC). Those presenting papers virtually may be required to record and edit their presentation ahead of time.
Please contact [email protected] to process your registration.
We have reserved a number of rooms at Broadview Lodge, the UEA Campus Hotel.
Rooms are reserved for 24 and 25 May, and you may book one night or two as required. All rooms are en-suite and will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.
One night is £60 (non-refundable rate) or £70 (refundable rate). Breakfast vouchers can be purchased which are redeemable at on campus catering sites.
Rooms can be booked by contacting Broadview Lodge directly on +44(0)1603 591918 or emailing [email protected]. When booking, you will need to mention that you are attending Poetry, Representation, and the Archive.
The closing date for booking is 30 April 2023. After this date we cannot guarantee accommodation on campus, but there may still be availability.
Details of other accommodation in Norwich can be found here.