School of the Arts summer show successes and Angry Planet commemorative booklet
Beginning on Tuesday 11th June, English and Creative Writing at the University of Northampton School of the Arts hosted three special events as part of the School of the Arts Summer Show. All of these events were well attended by individuals from both within and outside of the School of the Arts.
In conversation with Dr Charles Bennett, Learning Manager at the BBC Singers, Garth McArthur discussed the history of the BBC’s unique in-house professional choir; writing and bringing librettos to life as well as the challenges and excitement of producing the Angry Planet Prom. Garth also gave complimentary BBC Singers CDs to the audience gathered.
Subject leader for English, Dr Richard Canning revealed the pain-staking editorial processes and publishing pragmatics behind bringing Ronald Firbank’s Vainglory into a new Penguin Classics edition. He also recommended that people read Alan Hollinghurst’s Oxford M.Litt thesis and directed his audience to a lesser known Andy Warhol illustration of Vainglory.
Finally, Alan Smith was joined by Alistair Fruish (Writer-in-Residence at HMP Leicester) and Steve Gadd (The Anne Frank Trust) to reflect on the rewarding but tough realities of teaching in prison. Alistair reminded the audience that the Writers in Prison Network has undergone substantial funding cuts, and Steve told audience members about the experience of Holocaust survivors speaking in prisons. For while a central aim of the Anne Frank Trust is to promote empathy and tolerance and while recognising the enormous historical and circumstantial differences, Steve also suggested that for many prisoner’s these visits by survivors acted as a stark and hopeful reminder that rebuilding life after incarceration is a possibility.
My thanks go out to all our speakers and audience members who made these talks at the University of Northampton School of the Arts such a success. As an additional treat, please find attached an Angry Planet commemorative booklet designed by illustrator and long-time Charles Bennett collaborator, Diane Griffiths. Charles will be distributing this booklet as part of his visit to Summer Fields School, Oxford on Friday 28th July.
Posted on June 28, 2013, in Events, School of the Arts and tagged Alan Smith, Alistair Fruish, Angry Planet, BBC Singers, Charles Bennett, Richard Canning, Ronald Firbank, Steve Gadd. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.