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This one-day conference will consider the strategies writers use to explore place and their relationship with the environment, both real and imagined. 

The creation of setting is central to the way in which writers bring their worlds to life. However, beneath the streets, mountains, waterways and byways of Britain, lie secrets, ghosts and the haunting of history. This conference will explore how writers draw on the idea of place and identity in their practice, as well as providing participants with the opportunity to engage in practical exercises as they are invited to track shadows and history through the streets of London.

About this Conference
The day will consist of talks, panels, and Q&A discussions, offering a variety of topics such as poetry, nature writing, fictional worldbuilding, and a virtual writing tour of nearby locations. Speakers include Helen Mort, Jessica Mookherjee, Ed Hogan, Philip Seargeant and Sarah Butler.

For more details of the full programme and information about all the speakers visit Writing Place on the Open University’s Contemporary cultures of writing website.

Keynote speaker: Helen Mort

Key terms: Creative writing, psychogeography, hauntology, world building, life writing, fiction, poetry.

Fees: £20.00. The day includes lunch and refreshments

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