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Contemporary Women’s Writing and Literary Prize Culture, 24th June 2013

Contemporary Women’s Writing and Literary Prize Culture

Monday 24 June 2013 9.30-15.30

Leeds Metropolitan University, Northern Terrace Rooms 117 and 118

The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association and the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Metropolitan University invite you to a day conference on Contemporary Women’s Writing and Literary Prize Culture. This event is free and booking is now open (see below).


9.30 -10.00 Registration and Coffee NT117

10.00 – 10.45 Clare Hey – ‘Literary prizes, the publishing industry, digital publishing and short stories’ NT118

10.45 – 11.30 Gillian Roberts – ‘Literary prizes, national identity, postcoloniality and the case of Esi Edugyan’ NT118

11.45 – 12.30 Helen Cousins and Jenni Ramone – ‘Literary prizes and reading groups’ NT118

12.30 – 1.30 lunch NT117

1.30 – 2.15 Jane Rogers – Reading from The Testament of Jessie Lamb, Hitting Trees with Sticks and other work NT118

2.15 – 3.00 Interview with Jane Rogers – ‘Literary Prizes, Literary Careers and Literary Cultures’ NT118

3.00-3.30 Tea, book signing and close NT117


The event is open to all and free of charge. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please book your place online.
Directions to the venue are available here.

For more information please contact Dr Susan Watkins at s.watkins@leedsmet.ac.uk

Conversations with Contemporary Women Writers: Professor Manju Jaidka

The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association in conjunction with Leeds Metropolitan University are delighted to announce that Professor Manju Jaidka, of Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, will be the opening speaker in a series of ‘Conversations with Contemporary Women Writers’.

Date: Tuesday 12 March 2013
Time: 17.30-19.00
Venue Broadcasting Place AG10, Leeds Metropolitan University

Professor Jaidka is a novelist and critic. She will be talking about and reading from her recent novel, Scandal Point, which is set in 1892, in colonial India. The handsome young ruler of an Indian princely state angers the British rulers. His fault? He has fallen in love and eloped with the Viceroy’s daughter. Not an ordinary romance, the elopement has far-reaching consequences. It results in a child who grows up unaware of his lineage but one day, like Oedipus, he discovers the truth and embarks on a journey seeking his roots. There are no records, no documents, no witnesses, no evidence. With the help of stray bits of information and semi-reliable clues he pieces together the almost incredible tale of his mother’s elopement and its tragic aftermath.

Manju Jaidka is a Professor at the Department of English & Cultural Studies at Panjab University, Chandigarh. A recipient of a UGC Text-book Award in 1994, she has also received several international fellowships including a Fulbright Research Grant to Harvard and Yale Universities in 1990-91, a Rockefeller Residency at the Bellagio Study Centre (1995), a fellowship at the Salzburg Center (1996), a Rockefeller Visiting Professorship at the University of Iowa (1998- 99), and the Lillian Robinson Fellowship from the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at the University of Concordia, Montreal in March 2008. Professor Jaidka is also the author of the novel, Spots of Time, and a play, The Seduction and Betrayal of Cat Whiskers, as well literary criticism on Indian and American literature. She is Chair of MELUS-India (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States – India chapter) and MELOW (the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World).

Funding News: Leeds Metropolitan University Support CWWA

The CWWA is pleased to announce that Leeds Metropolitan University has agreed to generously support the work of the Association in 2013. Leeds Metropolitan University will host a timely event focusing on contemporary women’s writing and literary prizes and the inaugural CWWA lecture.

As our members will appreciate, this is difficult time for funding across the Higher Education sector. We are pleased that we are able to continue our fruitful association with Leeds Metropolitan University and to continue to benefit our peers in the field.