21st century writing | 21st century approaches

The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me

Nov 16, 2017

The question of how to write about a murderer whose final days were tracked by 24 hour rolling news channels and the internet is considered by Andrew Hankinson in his non-fiction novel...

Book Apps and Digital Textuality

Book Apps and Digital Textuality

May 31, 2017

With its vast storage capacity for digitising the majority of canonised literary works, the Internet offers a wide variety of resources for contemporary readers. Unsurprisingly, the digital medium...

Deep State and the Future of Theatre

Deep State and the Future of Theatre

May 31, 2017

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler's 2012 film project Deep State, scripted by China Miéville, tells the story of a time traveller who passes through holes in conventional history created by the irruptive power of riots.

With Love from Iceland

With Love from Iceland

May 31, 2017

Iceland is, to put it weirdly, so hot right now. Iceland is circulating through the social imaginary in a number of big-budget cinematic vehicles: Dr. Mann’s uninhabitable planet in Interstellar...

Will 2017 be 1984?

Will 2017 be 1984?

May 31, 2017

As part of Birkbeck’s Arts Week 2017, we organised a panel titled "Will 2017 be 1984" (you can listen to a podcast recording of the panel here) which considered the uncanny relevance of Orwell’s novel...