Loughborough Literary Salon
Literary Salons were first established in the 16th Century, and traditionally brought a group of like-minded people together for discussion and to increase knowledge. The School of Arts, English and Drama has reinvigorated the practice and invites literary enthusiasts to come along. The Literary Salon provides the opportunity for participants to speak to leaders within the field and look at the work being showcased.
For the 2015 Salon, we joined literature with the visual arts to discuss the return of handmade books and paper as a response to the digital revolution. Loughborough’s Wim Van Mierlo and Anne-Marie Beller spoke about the history of the book, as did Takako Kato from Leicester University. Artists Sarah Kelly, Matthew Kay and Karen Jinks shared an insight into their creative practice. There were displays of work by students, artisan book makers and poets.
In 2014 we turned our attention to writing for Young Adults. Guests authors such as Savita Kalhan and Maxine Linnel joined Walker and Books and Diamond Khan and Woods agents to discuss the challenge of writing for this ever-expanding market in the 21st century. The round-table discussion also included best-selling author Bali Rai, and Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves Books. The twitter poem at this salon was brought together by our own students!
The first Literary Salon, in 2013, was on the topic of Digital Survival, and ran in partnership with Writing East Midlands. Guests from Angry Robots Publishing, Pigeon Press and the Institute for the Future of the Book gave presentations, and poet Dan Simpson ended the evening with poetry sourced via twitter from the Salon audience on the night.