“Risky Mutual Transfusions”: Guest writer Jenn Ashworth presents Notes Made While Falling, followed by creative responses from Alicia Rouverol & Rachel Newsome
Wednesday 17 March 3-5pm on Teams
Please write to S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk if you would like to join us!
Jenn Ashworth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Writing at Lancaster University, and will be joining us to discuss Notes Made While Falling, her ‘memoir-in-essays’ about sickness, spirituality, creativity, and the redemptive powers of writing. She will be joined by Alicia Rouverol (Research Associate at Creative Manchester, University of Manchester), and Rachel Newsome (Writer and PhD candidate, Salford), who will offer their response to Notes. In turn, Jenn will respond, initiating a more general discussion about trauma and writing.
Jenn Ashworth’s first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, was published in 2009, and won a Betty Trask Award. Following her second publication, Cold Light (Sceptre, 2011), she was featured on the BBC’s The Culture Show as one of the UK’s twelve best new writers. Notes Made While Falling was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, and her fifth novel, Ghosted: A Love Story (Sceptre), is coming out this year.
Alicia J Rouverol (PhD, Creative Writing, UoM) is a writer, scholar and lecturer. Her first co-authored book, ‘I Was Content and Not Content’: The Story of Linda Lord and the Closing of Penobscot Poultry, was nominated for the OHA Book Award. She has taught at Manchester, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and, since 2019, Salford. Her critical research focuses on contemporary fiction, women’s experimental writing and globalisation. Her article on the fragmentary in Ali Smith’s Hotel World was published in The Poetics of Fragmentation in Contemporary British and American Fiction (Vernon, 2019). With Dr Valerie O’Riordan, she is co-editing a special issue on Jennifer Egan for Contemporary Women’s Writing (2021).
Rachel Newsome is a PhD candidate in writing on trauma at the University of Salford. She has a background both in academia and journalism, as a Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies and as a magazine editor, respectively and is editor of This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk (Trolley, 2014), a collection of essays on contemporary art. Rachel is also a member of the advisory board for The Great Imagining, a UK-wide children’s art and education project.