Writing the Night/The Night Side of Life

Thursday 19 January (5-6pm) | Online

What does the night represent to you? What does it mean for something to happen at night as opposed to during the day? How does the darkness of the night alter our perspective and our sense of the world, or our sense of ourselves?

Susan Sontag wrote that ‘illness is the night side of life’ and in this creative writing workshop we’ll use visual and text prompts to explore our own experiences of illness as nocturnal, holding a torch up to the little seen, tracing the silhouettes and shadows of nightfall.

It is only in darkness that we see the light of the candle. And what of the white nights, the nights where it does not get dark?


Louise Kenward is a writer, artist and psychologist. Currently developing Moving Mountains, a project (and anthology) of nature writing by disabled authors and writers living with chronic illness, her work has featured in Women on Nature, The Polyphony, The Clearing and Radio 3 (Landscapes of Recovery). In 2020 Louise co-produced the anthology Disturbing the Body (Boudicca Press), and she has been Writer in Residence with Sussex Wildlife Trust for the last year (Inhabiting Instability). Louise is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Place Writing with Manchester Metropolitan University, where she is beginning a practice based project in creative writing, exploring post-viral illness in a wetland landscape (Romney Marshes).

She can be found on Twitter @LouiseKenward and Instagram @Louise_Kenward


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