Hometowns & Influences: NAWE & The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre


Paul Munden

Maura Dooley

Susan Watson

Ros Barber

Not Harold Bloom’s ’the anxiety of influence’ exactly, more of a negotiation with shadows. This panel will include a combination of poetry readings and discussion.

Paul Munden has a long association with Shandy Hall, the former home of Laurence Sterne and now a centre for narrative experiment (and NAWE’s registered office). He will reflect on several international projects initiated by the Laurence Sterne Trust, as well as his own collection of poems, Asterisk.

Maura Dooley was writer-in-residence at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton. She will discuss what a contemporary writer might expect to find at the hearth of another writer; a connection, a shadow, a cash register or nothing at all.

Susan Watson’s writing and PhD research has concerned her relationship, through reading, with a diverse group of writers, amongst them D H Lawrence whose back streets of Nottingham shaped her childhood.welve years after being writer-in-residence on the Isle of Sheppey, Ros Barber reflects on the influence of this Kentish island, in the light of new evidence that it was the setting of Beowulf.

Friday 7th July, 12.30