Professor Abi Curtis Inaugural Lecture

De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University
Event Time
24 January 2019 6.00pm

Category Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

York St John University, Prof Abi Curtis will be presenting her Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 24 January 2019


Title: Creative Writing: Pollination and Transformation  

This lecture will explore the transformative possibilities of creative writing, for the writer, the reader and the wider environment. Creative writing offers the possibility of approaching the world through non-human perspectives. Abi will particularly consider her work with bees as an inspiration for the creative arts in her cross-disciplinary Pollination Project. Abi will talk about and read from her poetry and fiction, and narrate her inspirations. Abi will consider the ways in which creative writing can respond to the issue of human responsibility towards climate change and the eco-system.


Abi Curtis is Professor of Creative Writing at York St John University. She has won an Eric Gregory Award and Somerset Maugham Award for her poetry collections, The Glass Delusion (Salt, 2013) and Unexpected Weather (Salt, 2009). Abi was one of the first to gain a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex, and went on to teach there until 2010 when she joined York St John University. She was Subject Director for Creative Writing until 2017 and now co-ordinates the MA and MFA programmes. Her work often engages with other disciplines, such as visual art, science and history: she has worked with Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum and had poetry set to music by composers, including Dr David Lancaster at York St John. Her writing explores such topics as mushrooms in Freud; the power of the squid in literature; the relationship between poetry and ventriloquism; climate change; ‘speculative elegy’, and pollination. She has also written on the role of the unconscious in the teaching of creative writing. Water & Glass, her first novel, a post-flood speculative narrative, is published by Cloud Lodge Books .


Event Timings: 

17.50 Doors open

18.00 Lecture commences

19.15 Post lecture drinks reception (all lecture attendees are welcome)


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