Litcom 1: A Conference on Literature and Communities


2 March 2017 12:30 pm to 3 March 2017 5:00 pm
Dragon Hall; 115-123 King St, Norwich, NR1 1QE,

lc-logo-3Keynote speakers

Ava Chalkiadaki, Vice-Chair, Organisation of Culture, Sports and Youth, City of Athens; member of the Organising Committee, City of Athens World Book Capital 2018


Dave Ward, Co-ordinator, The Windows Project, Liverpool – writing in the community since 1976

What is the relationship between literature and communities? This conference aims to take issue with a conception of literature as an individualistic arts practice (solo writer, solo reader), to offer a critical space for those projects and activities that have been engaging with literature, and to co-produce research questions which will inform further events and a planned edited book around the topic.

We wish to consider how literatures emerge from given communities and in turn contribute to their co-creation.  Do differing contexts produce distinctive literatures? What is the role of the writer in these communities? Do roles alter at different scales, i.e. local/national/international? Is the act of creative writing itself of value to communities as well as the act of reading? How can the production of literature be thought a negotiation with community?

We take as our beginning the view that all individuals are inextricably interwoven into wider complex communities. How does writing from within and with alter the practice of the literary arts? Yet also is it really possible to even ‘write with’ a community and what shifts in thinking and doing are required to understand more clearly the activity of the writer in a community?

This event is funded by the Connected Communities programme, from the University of East Anglia. Although Connected Communities has engaged extensively with community arts practices arguably there has been less exploration of the literary arts in relation to communities..



You can register for Litcom 1 via Eventbrite 


Conference Programme

A full Conference Schedule is available here: litcom-1-programme


Further information

Further information is available from Rachel Daniel, Connected Communities administrator,


Conference committee

  • Eleanor Rees               Creative Writing, Liverpool Hope University
  • George McKay           AHRC Connected Communities Leadership Fellow, UEA
  • Ross Hair                    Lecturer in American Studies, UEA
  • Jonathan Morley       Programme Director, Writers’ Centre Norwich
  • Simon Popple            Senior Lecturer in Photography and Digital Culture,        University of Leeds
  • Jos Smith                     Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, UEA
  • Rachel Daniel &          Connected Communities administrators, UEA.
  • Jess Knights