Friday, March 27, 2009

Launch Event

The event was a success and an excellent way to begin our project.

Readers Robert Gordon, Blake Morrison, Ekua Ekumah, Anthony Joseph and Maura Dooley were watched and listened to by a very receptive audience in the Lecture Theatre at the Ben Pimlott building.

Next seminar will be on April 29th as outlined in the new events programme, coming soon!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


5:30pm, 25th March, in the Lecture Theatre, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, University of London


We are delighted to announce the launch of the Pinter Centre's new three-year research project, 'Beyond the Linear Narrative: Fractured Narratives in Writing and Performance in the Postcolonial Era'

Hosted by Professor Helen Carr, the evening will begin with an introduction to the aims of the project followed by a series of short readings by members of the research team, after which there will be a reception. The distinguished writers MAURA DOOLEY and BLAKE MORRISON, will read from their work; ROBERT GORDON will read Pinter's seldom-performed 'The Examination', and there will be readings by the two doctoral students attached to the project, ANTHONY JOSEPH and EKUA EKUMAH.
For more information about our project, please visit our website:

We look forward to seeing you on March 25th, at 5:30pm.

Please RSVP to Ben Pester on b.pester[at] or pintercentre[at]

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Related Event: Poet in the City

Poet in the City and Goldsmiths invite you to

Gold Edged

A New Audiences event hosted by poet and writer Blake Morrison and featuring the poets Nick Drake, Bernadine Evaristo, Emily Berry and Katrina Naomi at 7.00pm on Wed 18th March 2009 in the Senior Common Room at Goldsmiths

Please email me if you wish to attend.

Blake Morrison, one of UK’s most acclaimed poets and writers, is perhaps best known for his autobiography And When Did You Last See Your Father? which was made into a film in 2007, starring Colin Firth. As well as non-fiction his work includes celebrated poetry, novels and plays. As Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths he is also active in promoting the work of new poets and writers.

Nick Drake is an acclaimed poet, novelist and screenplay writer. His first book-length collection, The Man in the White Suit, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1999. His first novel, Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead, was published in 2006, and his most recent poetry collection, From the Word Go, was published in 2007. His film credits include a screenplay for the film Romulus, My Father.

Bernadine Evaristo is a celebrated poet and novelist. As a poet her publications include two critically acclaimed novels-in-verse: Lara and The Emperor’s Babe. Her latest novel is Blonde Roots, published in 2008. Bernardine also produces work for the theatre, radio, and for other media. She has undertaken over 50 international writers’ tours since 1997, representing the UK all over the world.

Emily Berry an exciting new poet, who was winner of the Gregory Award for poetry in 2008. Her poems have been widely published in various magazines including Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit, Magma and Poetry Wales. She is also a freelance copy editor and reviewer of plays, books and breakfasts. She was born and lives in London, and in 2007 completed an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths.

Katrina Naomi another new poet, has won the Templar Poetry Competition and the Ledbury Festival Text Poem Contest, both in 2008. Her first poetry pamphlet, Lunch at the Elephant & Castle is published by Templar Poetry, and her poems have also appeared in many magazines including Magma, Orbis, and South. She recently completed her dissertation for an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths.


About the Project

'Beyond the Linear Narrative...' is a 3 year AHRC funded research project being carried out by the Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Taking Pinter’s work as a starting point for, or symbol of, the fracturing of narrative across many art-forms in twentieth and twenty-first century work, this research project asks a series of questions about the links between inter-cultural and political change and the emergence, or re-emergence, of non-linear and fractured narrative.

Focussing on literature and performance, particularly in postcolonial and diasporic contexts, it will ask why non-linear narrative has been such a feature of this period’s artistic production. If these fractured and experimental forms are a response to the breakdown of the west’s grand narratives of progress, what forms of resistance or revision do they provide?

In what ways can they be seen to emerge from the increasing interaction of different cultures in the colonial, post-colonial and post-Cold War world? How do such fractured narratives work in postcolonial and diasporic writing and performance? How can these fractured forms explore our culturally diverse society’s competing and conflicting narratives?

The project addresses the ways changing understandings of the self have contributed to the disruption of linear narrative, and in particular, how fractured narratives enable the move away from the Cartesian mind/body duality to an understanding of the embodied self, making the writing of the body such an important element in contemporary performance, fiction and life-writing.

About the Pinter Centre

The Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing is an interdisciplinary research centre at Goldsmiths University involving principally the Departments of English & Comparative Literature and of Drama, with links with Media and Communications, Music, PACE and the Digital Studios.

In line with Harold Pinter’s keen awareness of the centrality of political issues, the Centre is particularly committed to looking at postcolonial and diasporic literature and performance, and the ways in which contemporary creativity is forging new forms that respond to the cultural diversity of the world in which we live. It also has a strong interest in questions of gender, and writing and performing the body.

The Pinter Centre Website

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