Writers' Centre Kingston
Kingston University's literary cultural centre - For my first year as director we had twelve events, nearly one hundred new readings and commissions, over 400 people in attendance and some really remarkable evenings in and around Kingston - the first year of Writers' Centre Kingston was a grand one for everyone generous enough to be involved.
In the first year of WCK speakers included Iain Sinclair, Nell Leyshon, Daniel Hahn, Winsome Pinnock, Mona Arshi, Tom McCarthy.
Writer’s Centre Kingston is Kingston University's literary cultural centre dedicated to creative writing in all its forms, with an annual programme of events from talks to workshops and festivals.
The core programme consists of a dozen events – each themed, with three speakers responding to that concept with a new reading or talk or performance. The speakers are both guests to the Centre as well as those drawn from the academic staff at Kingston University, home of WCK. Student and alumnus readings often accompany this main programme.
The events are also often hosted and curated in partnership with institutions local to Kingston University and in London, from The Rose Theatre to the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, from the Museum of Futures to Stanley Picker Gallery. These partnerships are key to the mode of the Centre, sharing and gaining expertise in collaboration.
Special events throughout the year include a European Literature Festival in April 2018, a celebration of English PEN and their writers-at-risk programme, and an exhibition of literary or art. There is also a programme of adult education courses available from the Centre and initiatives including a bookclub and a pamphlet publication series for student poets.
The programme brings together some of the finest writers from across the UK and the world in conversation with the exceptional staff of Kingston University, drawn from a wide variety of writing disciplines - from fiction to journalism, from philosophy to theatre, from history to travel, from poetry to criticism, even including the sciences, engineering and beyond. Our understanding of writing is inclusive and innovative, and it is fundamental to our mission that our audiences and participants are a mix of students and faculty from across departments alongside the considerable local community of writers and literary devotees.
Writers’ Centre Kingston builds on the decade long legacy of Kingston Writing School and aims to create a unique, groundbreaking and adaptable centre that inspires all who attend or participate with a dynamic and original approach to live literature and writing culture.