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Craft Your Drafts!

14:30 - 15:30 


Take your ‘failed’ writing attempts and weave them into something new with Decorating Dissidence.

As researchers, we know what it’s like to be drowning in drafts, from copious notes clogging up our iPhone storage and pieces of teenage poetry that never saw the light of day to the building blocks of our research projects.

Drafts and notes are an important part of the writing process, helping us clarify our thoughts and refine our ideas. But what do you do with them when you move on? At this workshop, we’ll talk through our writing processes before crafting a cathartic piece from recycled paper to re-energise our ideas. Through the hands-on paper weaving process, we'll explore new models of creativity and inject new life into old ideas by experimenting with text, colour, structure, and images.

Whether you’re a PhD student, creative writer, or email hoarder – rip it up and start again!

You should bring: any draft material you want to use in your paper creations

We’ll also provide: magazines, colourful paper and our own drafts to use. 

Jade Elizabeth French 

Jade Elizabeth French is a PhD researcher at QMUL. Her research explores the poetics of female ageing in avant-garde texts, with a specific focus on the works of H.D., Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes. She edited the book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot (Rough Trade, 2013) and is also the co-founder of the London-based academic/arts collective Liminal Spaces, which tackles issues of mental health and interdisciplinary modes in academia.

Jade Elizabeth French 

Lottie Whalen recently completed an AHRC funded PhD at QMUL entitled ‘Mina Loy’s Designs for Modernism’, which explored Loy’s interdisciplinary art practice and decorative aesthetic. Her research interests include: the role of decorative art in modernism, the visual arts, and material culture.