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3×3 Series – Romance and the City

April 14 @ 17:30 19:00 BST

Join us for 3 evenings in April to explore ideas under the overall theme of …and the City, as we gear up for Congress 2021 in June.

This Congress Fringe event is free and open to all with an interest in hearing the speakers’ takes on the themes, which will be followed by a chaired discussion.

Romance and the City

  • Louise Welsh – Writer and Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow
  • Lily Heise – Writer and romance expert
  • Will Jennings – Visual artist, writer, curator and educator
  • Dr Zoë Strachan – Reader in Creative Writing, University of Glasgow and Writer

Sessions continue with Everyday and the City on the 21st, and Play and the City on the 28th.

About the speakers:

Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels, most recently the Plague Times Trilogy, a series of books exploring a contemporary pandemic (2017). She was co-director (with Jude Barber of Collective Architecture) of the Empire Cafe, an award winning, cross-disciplinary exploration of Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade (2014). She has also collaborated on four critically acclaimed operas with composer Stuart MacRae, most recently Anthropocene (2019). Louise has received several awards and international fellowships, including a Doctor of Arts from both Edinburgh Napier University and the Open University, and an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Her new novel, ‘The Second Cut’, will be published by Canongate Books in 2022. Louise is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 

Lily Heise is a Canadian writer and romantic expert who has been living in Paris since 2000.  She is the author of three books; two humorous books on looking for romance in Paris and a recently released collection of short stories on pandemic Paris, There’s Only One Paris: Tales from our Times.  Her articles and travel writing have been featured in a number of magazines, guidebooks and websites.  Her blog, Je T’Aime, Me Neither, features unique date ideas in Paris and around the globe, with articles on insider events, secret places, original tours, romantic hotels / bars / restaurants and other things to do that go beyond the standard tourist agenda.  It has had a number of accolades including winning Best Blog in Paris.

Will Jennings is a visual artist, writer and educator with a longstanding interest in architectures and how they intersect with politics, history and society. His recent artdoc film An English garden, looking at the history and future of Cressingham Gardens estate, was exhibited as part of Home 20:20 at MAXXI Museum in Rome. It is a recent work from a visual practice which frequently considers neoliberal practices in built space and their impact on the city. His writing on themes city, society and culture is published in Landscape journal, Dezeen, the Journal of Civic Architecture and Tribune, with a book Past, Present, Future forthcoming on Canalside Press. He was a 2020 Fellow of the Future Architecture Platform which led to new work for Oslo Architecture Triennale, Vilnius’ Architektūros fondas, and Romania’s BETA bienala and teaches at The Bartlett UCL. www.willjennings.info

Dr Zoë Strachan is the award-winning author of three novels: Ever Fallen in Love, Spin Cycle and Negative Space. As an editor, she has collected six new writing anthologies, and she also publishes short stories, essays and criticism. She is Reader in Creative Writing at University of Glasgow and has a PhD in Scottish Literature. Fellowships include the International Writing Program of University of Iowa, the University of Otago, UNESCO City of Literature writer-in-residence at the National Museum of Scotland and a Robert Louis Stevenson Award. Two of her works for stage are Panic Patterns (with Louise Welsh) and an opera adaptation of The Lady from the Sea (music by Craig Armstrong) for the Edinburgh International Festival, where it won a Herald Angel Award. She makes sound art/experimental radio with composer Nichola Scrutton. Twitter @zoestrachan 

The 3×3 Congress Fringe is kindly sponsored by Collective Architecture, Iglu and Ibstock Brick.