We encourage new writing, stimulate debate about all forms of literature, and to create links between the different parts of the college where creative writing takes place.
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The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, under the directorship of Adam Mars-Jones and Tom Lee, has been established to encourage new writing, to stimulate debate about all forms of literature, and to create links between the different parts of the college where creative writing takes place – the Departments of Art, English & Creative Writing, Media & Communications and Theatre and Performance.
About the Centre
Since its inauguration in 2013, the Centre has hosted a number of readings and discussions focused on contemporary fiction, with James Kelman, Geoff Dyer, Ali Smith, Gabriel Jospovici, Deborah Levy, Kirsty Gunn and the winner of the first Goldsmiths Prize Eimear McBride among those taking part.
These readings complement those in the Richard Hoggart lecture series, which have previously featured Derek Walcott, Martin Amis, Hermione Lee, Julian Barnes, Will Self, Rose Tremain, Wendy Cope, Tony Harrison, Les Murray and Terry Eagleton, among others.
In early 2022 we announced the appointment of Erica Wagner as the first Distinguished Fellow of the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre. The pandemic had a particular impact on the element of personal contact that makes university education come alive, and under her directorship, thanks to her energy and flair, the Writers’ Centre became not just a resource but a lifeline, providing real continuity of engagement. The appointment
Successes and future plans
In April 2014, the Centre hosted its first conference, on sexuality in literature, the keynote speaker at which was Michele Roberts. It has also put on a series of cabaret-style evenings, Lit Live, at which students and invited guests have read and performed their work.
In June 2014 Lit Live went public as part of the Literary Kitchen Festival, establishing a partnership with Literary Kitchen for further Lit Live events at The Peckham Pelican cafe.
Future plans include the publication of a poetry pamphlet; collaboration with The Reader Organisation in running reading groups across south London; and specialist workshops, residential courses and further conferences.
After the success of several poets and novelists who graduated from the MA and PhD creative writing programme at Goldsmiths, the creation of the Writers’ Centre confirms the college’s position as a hub of literary excellence.