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Writing Between the Lines: A One Day Postgraduate Symposium Exploring Creative Writing as a Research Methodology

Cardiff School of Education, Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK

Saturday 3rd September 2016

 Registration is now closed

Conference Overview

Settling words together in new configurations lets us hear, see, and feel the world in new dimensions (Richardson, 1994).

With a fusion of theory and imagination, fresh visions may be realised and broader evaluations become possible. If research is the methodical investigation of a subject or subjects in order to discover, uncover, develop and provide new knowledge then Postgraduate study in Creative Writing and Critical Practice becomes a powerful and worthy combined discipline within the academy.

Creative writing is an ever changing, ever shifting concern, emerging, generating, regenerating, splitting, shifting and copying, and it is in the business of examining the nature of being. We are never writing from ground zero. Through the groupings of new assemblages of ideas, words and critical thinking, the practice of writing regenerates and becomes new. As Jeri Kroll states (2013) 'the dynamic relationship between practice, methodology, theory and artefact that exists can be conceived of as a rhizomatic system'. Although it is clear creative writing is a discipline which can involve a high degree of intellectual input, it is still difficult to pin down and justify it as a specific research methodology.

This symposium: 3rd September 2016

Venue: Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Campus

This symposium places a focus on how creative writing combines the philosophical enquiry of how we understand ourselves and the world we live in with practice and self-reflection as a research methodology.

We seek to bring together postgraduate candidates, teachers and practitioners to examine the relationship between theoretical study and creative practice with the aim of improving and upholding the sustainability of this expanding discipline at Masters and Doctoral level. 

The symposium is open to contributors from all subject areas and disciplines, though it is anticipated that it will be of principal appeal to those interested in creative writing as a research methodology within the following fields: literary studies; visual arts; philosophy; creative writing; film production;  education; performance; cultural geography; critical and cultural theory.

All delegates are invited to join a round table discussion of the research aspects within the creation of Dr David Oprava's forthcoming experimental novel entitled: The Codex Epiphanix, directly following this symposium.

Symposium Programme

8.15 – 8.55         Registration (Main Reception)

Tea and Coffee (Centro Student Union)


9.00 – 9.15         Lecture Theatre 2

Welcome (Professor Dan Davies, Dean of the Cardiff School of Education)

Formal Opening (Dr Kate North)


9.15 – 10.25        Keynote Speaker: Professor Kevin Mills    

'"What's new to speak?": writing (is reading) between the lines'


10.25 – 10.45     Break (Centro Student Union)


10.45 – 12.20      Panel Session 1


Political Writings (Lecture Theatre 2)

Chair: Dan Anthony

Angelina Lesniewski  

'Propaganda of the Deed': Terrorism in Historical Fiction

Tracey Iceton               

Troubles Women: Using Creative Writing Research to Challenge the Misrepresentation of IRA Women in Troubles Fiction  

Sophie-Louise Hyde

'(Re)Promote, (Re)Perform, (Re)Present': Exploring Identity, Community and the Nation through Verbatim Poetry

John Schoneboom        



Poetics (C101)

Chair: Selina Philpin

Emma Conway          

The Figure of Another Language

Andrew Jeffrey          

Poetics as a Writerly Discourse

Richie Copeland       

'My' Naked, Queer Poetics

Julie Morrissy           

Putting Theory in Practice: Creating Knowledge in Hybrid Postmodern Poetics    


Representing Bodies (C106)

Chair:  Dr Lucy Windridge

Sue Rainsford           

Fragments and Palimpsests: Generating Textuality and Feminine Textures

Sean Fitzgerald        

Writing Genetic Science – inspired Fiction in Contemporary Society

Dr Naomi Kruger     

Consciousness and the Antinovel: Representing Dementia in Theory and Praxis

Susan Morgan          

Essays as Experiments: Writing Creatively and Critically about Taboo in Anatomy


12.20 – 13.15      Lunch (Centro Student Union)

Poster Presentations.  Please take the opportunity to look at and discuss further research with your fellow delegates and colleagues


13.20 -14.35                Panel Session 2


Place and Process (Lecture Theatre 2)

Chair: TBC

Lucy Furlong             

Rupturing the Surface: Taking Memory for a Walk

Jess Kilby                  

Micro, macro, meta: exegetical writing as a fractal of performative research

Ruth Raymer             

Walking in Cwm Elan – Echoes of a Lost Landscape  


Writing in Practice (C101)

Chair: Dr Kate North

Lynda Clark           

The Interactivity Illusion and the Player-creator Partnership

Jess Orr                    

Making Space for Dialogue: Combining Creative and Critical Practice in Ali Smith's Artful 

Megan Hayes           

The Flourishing Writer: Constructing Grounded Theory in Creative Writing Studies  


Education (C106)

Chair: Sarah Dauncey

Vanessa Dodd

Autoethnography: creative writing as viable research data in theatre and consciousness studies.

Robert Ward                 

The REF Guide to Creative Writing Research

Anne Mari Rautiainen  

To Start Studies in Writing: Enjoyment and Hesitation


14.35 – 15.00                     Poster Presentation Q & A (Centro Student Union)          


15.05 – 16.20                     Panel Session 3


Research Practice (Lecture Theatre 2)

Chair: Richie Copeland

Jo Dixon                         

Veering the Lines in a Creative Critical PhD

Nathan Jones                  

The Happy Jug: Using Autobiographical Errors and Breakages to Explore the Potential of Glitch Poetics

Dr Meryl Pugh                

Towards a Feral Poetics



Understanding and Wellbeing (C101)

Chair: TBC

Joanne Meek

Learning about the Self: Creative Writing as Research

Kirsty James

Creative Writing Research into Male Suicide and the Social Responsibility of Mental Health Fiction

Rachel Newsome            

Story As Medicine: How Creative Writing On Emotional Abuse Can Inform Understanding And Aid Recovery


Calling things to Mind (C106)

Chair: Dr David E. Oprava

Gary Spicer                       

Photograph 283 and the Inheritance of Distance

Johanna Kumala               

Bohemia From Afar: A Czech Student Writing Home from Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen

Dan Anthony                    

Controlling Ideas: Creative Writing in Trade Mark Times


16.20 – 16.30                     Short Break


16.35 – 17.15                   Roundtable discussion with Dr David E. Oprava - The Codex Epiphanix (Lecture Theatre 2) Chair: Professor Jeff Wallace

                                             Professor Kevin Mills, Dr Josh Robinson and Jon Gower.

17.15 – 17.30                     Plenary and Symposium close                      


Call for Papers - Now Closed

Proposals are invited, from PhD research students and independent scholars, for 20-minute papers. The conference is open to contributors from all subject areas and disciplines, though it is anticipated that it will be of principal appeal to those interested in Creative Writing as a research methodology within the following fields: literary studies; visual arts; philosophy; creative writing; film production; education; performance; cultural geography; critical and cultural theory. Topics for papers will be organised into panels, which might include or resemble, but are definitely not restricted to, the following:

  • Cultural, global and political writing
  • Post-humanism
  • Psycho-geography and travel writing
  • Environmental and sustainability issues
  • Gender studies
  • National identity
  • Poetics
  • The relationship between Science and Literature
  • Digital Technology and Creative Writing
  • The Theory and Craft of Writing
  • Pedagogy and Research

Creative work, critical papers or a combination of the two are welcome.   

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for a proposed 20-minute presentation and include a short biography. Proposals are to be submitted electronically. The deadline for submission is 31st March 2016.

Queries and correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to Dr Lucy Windridge luwindridge@cardiffmet.ac.uk  or Selina Philpin sephilpin@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

Queries regarding organisation, accommodation and logistics should be addressed to Huw Jones and/or  Donna O'Flaherty, conference administrators at:  cseenterprise@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Keynote Speaker

Kevin Mills is Professor of English Literature at the University of South Wales, where he teaches courses in Intertextuality, English Renaissance Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Myth. Widely published on literary theory and Victorian literature, he is author of Justifying Language: Paul and Contemporary Theory (Macmillan, 1995); Approaching Apocalypse: Unveiling Revelation in Victorian Writing (Bucknell UP, 2007), and The Prodigal Sign: A Parable of Criticism (Sussex Academic Press, 2009). Two volumes of his poetry have been published by Cinnamon Press: Fool (2009), and Libra (2012). A third collection, Stations of the Boar, will appear from Cinnamon in February 2016. His recent publications – including essays on a diverse range of topics, such as Marilyn Monroe, the 1904 religious revival in Wales, and Ciaran Carson – blend critical and creative modes. He is currently working on a collection of essays engaging with Welsh Writing in English.


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We are pleased to be able to offer bed and breakfast student accommodation for Friday 2nd September 2016. Student en-suite rooms are available at a cost of £33 per night. The accommodation is situated on Cyncoed Campus.

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How to Register

Fees for the conference are as follows:

Student/unwaged rate: £25

Waged rate: £45
The fee is inclusive of conference registration, lunch and refreshments.

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