Experimental Writing Across Borders Seminar

2-3 July 2012, Antonin Artaud Performance Centre

Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing


Keynote Speakers

Diana Brydon, Canada Research Chair for Globalization and Cultural Studies, University of Manitoba.

To view Diana's talk on July 2, follow this link to YouTube:


Philip Tew, the Director of the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, Brunel University

Writers Talking

Matt Thorne

Bernardine Evaristo

Thomas Glave

Tony White


This two-day symposium will bring together scholars and creative writers whose work explores literary experimentation in transnational and globalizing contexts. Please click here for the programme.

Ends or Ending? Literary Experimentation in a Globalizing World

The untimely deaths of Roberto Bolaño (2003) and David Foster Wallace (2008) have been taken by some to herald the demise of literary experimentation. In 2008, Zadie Smith observed that experimental writing was in decline, “relegated to a safe corner of literary history,” dismissed as a “fascinating failure” (“Two Paths for the Novel,” The New York Review of Books, November 20 2008). While Smith found her way out this creative impasse by embracing lyrical realism, her question remains pertinent.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of colonialism, and the achievements of feminism in the twentieth century, has the heady mixture of revolutionary politics and aesthetics -- so characteristic of literary experimentation -- outlived its purpose? Are we witnessing the end of literary experimentation or the renewal of the form? What is the role of experimental writing, if any, in the 21st century?


Registration is free, but places are limited. Please email GlobalWriting@brunel.ac.uk to register. Click here for Call for Papers.

Where to Stay

If you would like to stay overnight, there are several options on or near the Brunel campus. Click here for a campus map.

On campus, The Lancaster Suite, Lodge & Spa offers reasonably priced accommodations. You may contact them by phone at (01895) 268001 or by email at lancaster-staff@brunel.ac.uk.

Near campus, at junction 4 of the M4, there is a Holiday Inn http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/london/lonno/hoteldetail  There is also a Travelodge in Uxbridge,  http://www.travelodge.co.uk/ which is located near the tube/bus station and the centre of town.

Where to Eat

On campus, you will find Café Rococo, serving drinks, pastries, and sandwiches, and a pub-style student eatery called “The Hub.” In Uxbridge, there are a number of eating options, including Pizza Express, Nonna Rosa, The Three Tuns, Nando’s, The Slug & Lettuce, and cafes.

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