Dr Joan Fitzpatrick in conversation with Masterchef’s William Sitwell

Martin Hall Theatre, Martin Hall Building

Dr Joan Fitzpatrick, Senior Lecturer in English in discussion with writer and Masterchef judge William Sitwell around the history of food and food in literature.

William Sitwell is one of Britain’s foremost food writers and is a multi-award-winning writer, editor, critic, TV and radio presenter.

He has been editor of Waitrose Food for 16 years, writes for wide variety of newspapers and magazines and he is a long-standing critic on the BBC show MasterChef. His regular show Biting Talk, on Soho Radio, is the UK’s liveliest food and drink radio shows. He authored the critically acclaimed classic A History of Food in 100 Recipes, which has to date been published in eight languages. His book Eggs or Anarchy, which for the first time tells the remarkable tale of how Minister of Food Lord Woolton fed Britain in World War Two, was published to rave reviews in May 2016.

Find out more about William at:  www.williamsitwell.com

Dr Joan Fitzpatrick is a Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Her research specialism is Renaissance literature and culinary culture. She wrote the first book on Shakespeare and food, which was published in 2007. Her recent publications include two books published last year: ‘A History of Food in Literature from the Fourteenth Century to the Present Day’, published by Routledge, and a critical edition of ‘Three Sixteenth Century Dietaries’, published by Manchester University Press.

Find out more about Dr Joan Fitzpatrick at: http://joanfitzpatrick.org/

Free refreshments will be available before this event.

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Dr Kerri Akiwowo in conversation with Daniel Heath (textiles designer)

Leonard Dixon Studio, Martin Hall Building

Daniel Heath is an alumni of the School of the Arts at Loughborough and he will talk about his successful design practice and how this has developed since leaving Loughborough.

Daniel is a British award winning independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer renowned for his illustrative and engaging designs. Based in the heart of East London, the designer-maker has long upheld principles of craftsmanship and sustainable design through up-cycling and re-appropriation of authentic heritage materials. Trained in the traditional process of silk-screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his studio in 2007 to make bespoke, hand printed wallpapers and crafted interior surfaces exclusively made to order. Drawing has always underpinned his surface pattern designs, and many have references to a time or a place to form playful narratives. Daniel utilises technologies, such as laser engraving, to create many of his unique designs. The outcomes cross the boundaries between technology and craft to create modern design pieces that embody traditional values yet contemporary aesthetics.

Daniel is an experienced academic and has lectured Textiles at a range of universities, including Loughborough, Manchester, Bournemouth, Staffordshire, Bucks New University and Central St Martins and also provides mentoring for young designers through the Crafts Council Hot House scheme. Clients include Swoon Editions, Panasonic Europe, Farrow & Ball, Heal’s and Anthropologie (US), among others, as well as numerous private clients. Daniel exhibits and sells his work internationally including Europe and the US. Daniel is also a proud brother of the Artworkers’ Guild, London.

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Dr Kerri Akiwowo is a Textile Practitioner-Researcher and Lecturer in Textiles at the School of the Arts, English and Drama. Her PhD is in Digital laser -dyeing: coloration and patterning techniques for polyester textiles, attained at Loughborough University in 2015. More broadly, her creative practice, research and pedagogical approach encompasses: Textile Design, Textile Patterning and Coloration Processes, Textiles for Apparel, Dress History, Digital Design Technologies and Research Informed Teaching within Design Education. Kerri is a member of the Textile Design Research Group at Loughborough University.

As a practitioner, Kerri has worked as a freelance and studio textile designer, specialising in screen and digitally printed textiles, hand painted textiles, novel surface techniques and textile finishes for denim and engineered placement design for lace and embroidered fashion.

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Inspiring Minds: Art and Design

Loughborough University’s Inspiring Minds taster days are an excellent opportunity for Year 12 students to learn more about the options available at university. These events allow students to experience studying their chosen subject area at undergraduate level, as well as to meet our current students and find out all about life at university. This particular day is focused on Art and Design (including subjects such as Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Product Design) and LU Arts has organised a print making workshop with Sumiko Eadon (a recent School of the Arts graduate) as part of this event.

For more information on the rest of the day’s programme and how to book on (either individually or as a school group), please click on the link below.

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Genders Past, Present and Future

MHL1.17a/b, Martin Hall Building

Jennifer Cooke, Sarah Parker, Catherine Rees and her project collaborator Dan Sage (from the Business School) will all deliver a ten minute presentation of their research followed by a round table discussion about gender and identity in the present moment, with a particular focus on feminism and masculinity.

Dr Jennifer Cooke is a poet and Senior Lecturer at Loughborough. Her research interests lie in twentieth and twenty-first-century experimental writing, from modernism through to contemporary poetics and life-writing; in critical and literary theory, especially in theories of intimacy, affect and emotion; gender theory and feminism; and in the representation and politics of social and relational organisation.

Dr Sarah Parker is a lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with an emphasis on women’s poetry, decadence and aestheticism, gender and sexualities, and visual cultures. Her first monograph is The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889-1930 (Routledge, 2013). She is currently working on a book project exploring Women Poets, Celebrity and Photography in the period 1880-1930. Her online exhibition for the National Portrait Gallery on this topic can be found here.

Dr Catherine Rees is Programme Director for Drama. Her research is mainly focused on contemporary British and Irish political theatre, with more recent research exploring the position of gender in the theatre. She is also currently writing two books for Palgrave; one entitled Adaptation and Nation, which explores contemporary adaptations and their national contexts, and a critical companion guide – Contemporary British Drama: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism.

Dr Dan Sage is Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. His expertise concerns critical studies of work organisations and processes of organisation, particularly as related to questions of power, inclusion and inequality. A strand of this work has involved various projects related to gendered work inequalities in relation to engineering and creative industries, including publications in leading international journals such as Sociological Review and Gender, Work and Organization. His research in the creative industries has thus far concerned questions around how inequalities are sustained between theatre study/amateur work and professional work. He is currently working with practitioners developing some new ideas around the application of theatre in tackling wider social challenges in a global context, including gendered inequalities.

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Professor Michael Wilson in conversation with Kieran Knowles (Event Cancelled)

Leonard Dixon Studio, Martin Hall Building


Acclaimed writer and actor Kieran Knowles, and graduate of Loughborough, will talk about his career trajectory since leaving Loughborough.

Kieran trained at Loughborough University and LAMDA and completed the Royal Court Young Writers Programme in 2008. He is a co-artistic director of From Ground Up Theatre Company and has recently started a project for unrepresented actors called (RE)PRESENTED. His debut play Operation Crucible was first performed at Finborough Theatre before transferring to the Sheffield Crucible and touring with House. His play 31 Hours will be performed at The Bunker in October 2017. He is currently adapting Operation Crucible for BBC Radio Four and is under commission from Sheffield Crucible.

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Professor Michael Wilson joined Loughborough in 2014 as Professor of Drama, having previously been Dean of Research and the Graduate School and Professor of Drama at Falmouth University. Prior to that he was Head of Research at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan where he also ran two research centres. Michael gained his PhD from the University of Exeter in 1997 for a study of the performance of oral narrative traditions amongst teenagers in Britain and Ireland.

Michael is a member of the Programme Advisory Boards for the RCUK’s programme on the Digital Economy (led by the EPSRC) and the AHRC’s programmes on Digital Transformations and Connected Communities. He is also a member of the AHRC Strategic Reviewers Group and Chair of the British Council’s Arts and Humanities Panel for the Researcher Links and Institutional Links Programme (Newton Fund).

Free refreshments will be available before this event.

Andy Selby in conversation with Katy Halford

MHL1.17a/b, Martin Hall Building

Andy Selby, Senior Lecturer in Illustration and Animation in conversation with Loughborough graduate Katy Halford.

Katy Halford is now a freelance illustrator after graduating from an Illustration degee at Loughborough. Her portfolio includes a variety of illustrated characters, imaginary worlds and licensing designs from the gift market to home decor. A noteable design of 2017 being ‘Moz the Moster’ from the John Lewis Christmas Advert, for which she illustrated the accompanying book.

Katy has also worked with clients such as Nosy Crow, Barrington Stoke, Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury, Twinlakes Theme Park, Feel Unique, Caffe Nero, Heart Link Children’s Charity, Paula Magazine in Chile.

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Andy Selby is also an internationally recognised illustrator, whose work has appeared in newspapers, on billboards and on the covers of major corporate reports for nearly two decades, including campaigns for Nike, Accenture, British Gas and Eurostar. His iconic and thought-provoking illustrations have consistently been selected by 3×3: The Journal of Contemporary Illustration, Society of Illustrators’ of New York, Society of Illustrators’ of Los Angeles, American Illustration and the Association of Illustrators’ Images juried exhibitions and annuals. His work is held in public and private collections in the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.

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Tania Bruguera in live skype conversation with Dr Fred Dalmasso, Prof Ruth Kinna & Dr Gillian Whiteley

Martin Hall Theatre, Martin Hall

Drawing on a life’s work of socially-engaged practices and projects, artist Tania Bruguera presents a provocation, a manifesto for what it is to be a citizen-artist now. In association with the Re-imagining Citizenship exhibition in Martin Hall (jointly curated by the Politicized Practice, Anarchist and Theatre and Performance Research Groups), a collective conversation and discussion will follow from the floor.

Tania Bruguera is a Cuban installation and performance artist, living and working between New York and Havana. Bruguera’s work pivots around issues of power and control, and several of her works interrogate and re-present events in Cuban history.

Bruguera has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta 11 (2002), the Bienal Iberoamericana in Lima, Peru (2002), the Istanbul Biennial (2003), the Shanghai Biennale (2004), and the Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, Korea (2008). Her work is also in the permanent collections of many institutions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana.

In 2017, Bruguera proposed herself as a candidate in the 2018 Cuban Presidential Election in a video called #YoMePropongo en Cuba. In this project, she challenges the audience to imagine what they would do to create a better future Cuba, if they were elected president. To date, Bruguera has received 70 video responses from everyday Cubans expressing their desires to reform the corrupt government, include affordable housing, and improve their weak economy. This year, she was the recipient of a commission for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

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Dr Fred Dalmasso’s main areas of research are practice-based theatre translation and the relationship between performance, theatre, philosophy and politics. His teaching focuses on 20th and 21st century theatre and performance in their interaction with politics and philosophy and movement-based theatre practice. He is the artistic director of the performance group collect-ifs.

Ruth Kinna, Professor of Political Theory, specialises in 19th and early 20th century socialist thought and in contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism. Her book, William Morris: The art of socialism was published in 2000 by University Wales press. Ruth has been editor of the journal Anarchist Studies since 2007 and co-convenes the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association.

Dr Gillian Whiteley is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Loughborough, coordinator of the Politicized Practice Research Group and co-organiser of RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa), a research initiative with events, network and book series published by Bloomsbury (for which she is commissioning editor).

Please note that Tania Bruguera is appearing live via Skype for this event and not in person.

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Life After Loughborough – Journeys in Creative Writing

MHL1.17a/b, Martin Hall

Creative writing lecturer Dr Kerry Featherstone presents three graduates from the English Department at Loughborough University – Natalie Moores, Lottie Huckle and Colette Stirling.

After completing both an undergraduate degree and MA in Creative Writing from Loughborough University, Natalie Moores spent the next five years building a successful marketing career in London, setting up marketing consultancy Mac&Moore with business partner Jess MacIntyre two years ago.

Natalie regularly writes for The Huffington Post and her poetry has been published both in print and online in the UK and North America. She can usually be found trawling various London open mic nights performing spoken word on the subjects of modern day dating, the thigh gap, boshing the patriarchy and having Northern parents. Other interests include yoga and Sauvignon Blanc in equal measure.

After graduating from Loughborough, Lottie Huckle started working for Penguin Random House as a Creative Content Producer for PRH’s consumer cookery brand, The Happy Foodie. Now Lottie works as a Marketing Manager for Ebury, part of PRH and publishers of Yotam Ottolenghi, Rick Stein, Caitlin Moran, Sheryl Sandberg, Chris Packham and more. She has also launched a pop-up bakery and kitchen, H&H, which specialises in artisanal baked goods and bespoke event catering. Lottie continues to perform spoken word poetry, writes fiction and writes editorial non-fiction for a range of publications and on her website www.lottiehuckle.co.uk

Colette Stirling graduated from Loughborough in 2011 achieving an MA in Newspaper Journalism. She began working as a freelance journalist and secured a position as a News Editor on My Nintendo News in 2013. Since then, Colette has written more than 75 reviews across Nintendo’s platforms – Wii U, 3DS and Switch.

Colette is also Marketing Officer/Copywriter for the UK’s largest reseller-only Cloud Services Distributor, Giacom. Since 2016, she has marketed the launch of a range of innovative products from vendors across the globe alongside tech giants such as Microsoft, Acronis, Symantec, Exclaimer and Bitdefender.

Free refreshments will be available before this event.

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Dr Kerry Featherstone in discussion with Kate Rhodes

Leonard Dixon Studio, Martin Hall

Dr Kerry Featherstone, lecturer in Creative Writing in discussion with writer and poet Kate Rhodes.

Dr Kerry Featherstone studied English and European Literature at the University of Essex before later moving to Nottingham Trent University to complete his PhD thesis on Bruce Chatwin. He has spent considerable time in France, writing poetry in French as well as English. He has presented research at conferences in the UK as well as Paris, Rennes and Versailles in France, Derry in Northern Ireland and Georgetown in the USA. He is most interested in literature development and is currently poet in residence at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire.

Kate Rhodes was born in London, but now lives in Cambridge. She wrote two award winning collections of poetry, Reversal and The Alice Trap, before her first crime novel was published in 2012. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow, a Bridport prize winner and in 2014 she won the Ruth Rendell Short Story completion. Her first series of five crime novels are based in London, but her new Hell Bay series is set in the Isles of Scilly.

For more information on Kate Rhodes visit her website: http://www.katerhodes.org/Kate_Rhodes/home.html

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Art Portraiture and Biography – A discussion with Alastair Adams, Dr Sarah Parker & Dr Barbara Cooke

Leonard Dixon Studio, Martin Hall

Alastair Adams, Dr Barbara Cooke and Dr Sarah Parker on the art of portraiture and biography: a discussion on how the artist or writer tries to capture the essence of the individual.

Free refreshments will be available before this event.

Alastair Adams has been painting portraits since the mid 1990’s over which time he has established a strong reputation as a commissioned portrait artist. His dynamic but natural and unassuming portraits earning him many high profile commissions and acclaim through national and international exhibitions. After becoming a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) in 2002, and taking a place on council shortly after, Alastair became the Society’s Treasurer in 2005. In 2008 he was made President, the youngest in the Society’s 120 year history. In his capacity as President, he continued to build upon the Society’s history and strong reputation as a source for high quality, original and inventive world leading portraiture.

Alastair also holds a research based lecturing position at Loughborough University and has published papers on commissioned portraiture, the application of life drawing within a modern educational context, drawing and visualisation and facial difference. He is also a Co Director of the contemporary drawing research group and journal, TRACEY.

Dr Barbara Cooke is a biographer and executive editor on the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh . She has recently co-edited Waugh’s memoir, A Little Learning and is now editing the semi-autobiographical The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1957). Her fully illustrated, site-specific biography Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford was published earlier this year and she is currently working on a follow-up featuring Oscar Wilde. Barbara’s work on autobiography explores how authors use and represent their own life experiences, while her biographies consider the relationship between visual and textual thinking. She lectures in English and Creative Writing at Loughborough University.

Dr Sarah Parker is a lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with an emphasis on women’s poetry, decadence and aestheticism, gender and sexualities, and visual cultures. Her first monograph is The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889-1930 (Routledge, 2013). She is currently working on a book project exploring Women Poets, Celebrity and Photography in the period 1880-1930. Her online exhibition for the National Portrait Gallery on this topic can be found here.


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Michael Landy in conversation with Professor Craig Richardson

Cope Auditorium, Edward Barnsley Building

Michael Landy RA (born 1963) is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs). He is best known for the performance piece installation Break Down (2001), in which he destroyed all his possessions, and for the Art Bin project (2010) at the South London Gallery.

Landy graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Textiles and this will be the first time he has returned to the town since the 1980’s. He will be in conversation with Craig Richardson, Professor of Fine Art at the University discussing the ideas behind his work, with maybe the odd reflection on his time at Loughborough.

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