Workshops Schedule

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Warm-up With Words Workshop

led by Lucy Berry

Part of the richness of a conference such as this is the people. It is to be hoped that participants get as much from one another as they do from the speakers. To that extent, we are all contributors; although breaking the ice can take time. So Lucy’s work-shop is intended to help participants connect with each other as well as to their individual and joint creativity. Initially we will do some exercises which will allow a safe sense of each other, as well as the chance to write briefly and deeply on subjects which may be shared – or kept private. The themes you approach at this time may serve merely as a warm-up. Or you may choose to follow them throughout the conference and into your other opportunities to share, reflect and write.

Lucy Berry is mum in a cross-cultural family. She is a minister of religion and a performance poet, having taught creative writing in HMP Holloway, performed as far afield as Palestine and Lebanon, and held the post of Poet in Residence on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show. Her professional life began in advertising, as a copywriter. She has recently got involved in lyric writing for the music business. “Good writing depends on clarity and honesty. Style and muddle can’t co-exist”. 


How to Get Your Poems Published   Workshop

led by Dr Antony Johae

Many write poems but do not send them out to be published in print magazines or online. The workshop is designed to assist poets develop strategies for submitting their work.

The focus will be on the publication of one or more individual poems rather than on the publication of a collection.

The workshop will be composed of five elements:

  1. Research, reading and subscribing.
  2. Submitting.
  3. Recording submissions.
  4. Recording published poems.
  5. Creating a network.

In order to avoid the need for taking copious notes, participants will be advised that a four-page summary of the workshop will be distributed at the end of the session.

A selection of print poetry magazines will be provided at the workshop. These will be offered to participants gratis.

Antony Johae holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and has taught in England, Africa, and the Arab world. Since retiring, he has been sending out poetry for publication. His collection, Poems of the East, came out in 2015. In May this year, he read from his book at the Suffolk Poetry Festival.



Let’s Compare Literature Featuring Cosmopolitan and Multilingual Hero(in)es: Where, Who, and How Inspiring are those World Citizens and Language Lovers across Genres and Styles, in Prose and Fiction, and in Book and Films?

led by Dr Konrad Gunesch


After ensuring that we put the “fun” into the “work” shop , and using our passion about literature and our knowledge of foreign languages, we try to ask and answer this question: can we get inspired by, or even do better, or maybe even be better, than some dazzling page or screen heroes?


Polyglot + worldly page or screen action is rare, but we look at some spectacular instances. Beyond aphorisms (‘languages as ‘windows to other worlds’ or as ‘new personalities’), we meet fiction on its own terms, comparing protagonists’ dramatic plotlines with polyglots’ development pathways.


The framework for this evaluation is firstly ‘multilingualism’ as required or desired number and quality of languages mastered, and secondly ‘cosmopolitanism’ as cultural global citizenship in a matrix of personal identity dimensions, constructed from academic and popular literature, and infused with own critical thinking (to which we will hopefully add quite a bit more ).


We start with brain-storming, collaging, one-line searching, or just memory-collecting literary and cinematic oeuvres as instances and representations of true world citizenship, and of polyglot ability, whether realized in the plot, the characters, or the cinematography. On the basis of these references, we will evaluate what this could mean for writing, production, reception and publicity.

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A Workshop on Victorian Etiquette and Manners

led by Aleksandra Tryniecka

Would you like to become a true Victorian Lady? Are you dreaming about turning into a true Victorian Gentleman? It is possible now! During this workshop you shall discover the very secrets of Victorian life in “polite society”! You will discover the art of avoiding “flattered vanity” (The Habits of Good Society, 307), the proper strategy of washing teeth before “mingling with others” (116), “the art of expressing one’s thoughts neatly and suitably” (69), the secret of the “habits at table” (291), the importance of “never calling without cards” (The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, 81) and the knowledge of preparing them without disgracing oneself. Moreover, you shall learn why the English Victorian lady “without her piano, or her pencil, or her fancy work (…) is an object of wonder, and perhaps of pity” (268), whereas the Victorian “‘compleat gentleman’ should be able to use his fists” since “[l]ow as this art is, (..) a good blow often solves a difficulty” (212). Finally, during the workshop, you shall master the art of writing Victorian letters and learn why “impertinent letters” should be treated “with contempt” (133). The workshop shall be completed with each of the Participants personally reviving the lost art of writing a single Victorian letter, hence producing the specimen of an exquisite, handwritten text and thus becoming a fully fledged Victorian Lady or Gentleman!

Aleksandra Tryniecka is a PhD student affiliated to Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland. Her PhD thesis concerns the female characters in the selected Victorian and neo-Victorian novels. During her studies, she was a trainee at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Currently she is a volunteer in Interdisciplinary Research Foundation and Research Fellow in Athens Institute for Education and Research. She is especially interested in the Brontë sisters’ writings, Oscar Wilde’s exquisite works, Victorian tea parties and dresses with crinolines. In her free time, she writes poetry in order to accommodate her life with appropriate words.