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Novel Ailments and Curious Cures

by Julianah Mensah
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Buzzing temples? Wheezing? A broken heart? Recently sprouted wings or horns? From Kafka’s The Metamorphosis to Jackie Kay’s Shell, writers have given characters real or curious conditions as a vehicle to explore wider issues. What does a character’s anxieties and illnesses tell us about them and the world they inhabit? How might this inform the structure of your writing and drive your narrative forward?

Taking inspiration from the surroundings at the Dilston Physic Garden, this creative writing workshop explores chronic ailments, phantom illnesses and fantastical transformations. Come along to invent remedies and try out playful writing exercises as a way into building character, developing plot and creating intrigue in your stories.

£30 (£15 concessions).

Please note that this course will be held virtually.

Juliana Mensah is 2020 Novelist In Residence at Dilston Physic Garden and is a writer and researcher. She has written for theatre with a focus on human rights narratives and the testimonies of survivors. Her plays have included A Restless Place (Pilot Theatre, 2015); From the Sky to Your Hands (Live Theatre, 2017) and Faster than Bolt (Live Theatre, 2020). She was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York and she holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from Newcastle University. Juliana’s first novel won the inaugural NorthBound Book Award and will be published by Saraband.

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Date And Time

Thursday, July 8, 2021 13:00
Until 15:00


Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ, Online Event


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