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Loughborough University hosts ‘A Weekend of Weird’

A series of special events celebrating literature, film, music, art and performance is heading to Loughborough next weekend.

The initiative called ‘A Weekend of Weird’ will feature a range of live performances and film screenings all investigating ideas behind ‘the weird’ genre.

A series of panel discussions will form the core of the weekend with contributions from authors, academics and publishers, including the 2015 Costa First Novel Award winner Andrew Michael Hurley and the Man Booker shortlisted Alison Moore. Around these sessions several live performances and film screenings will take place and on Saturday night, 26 November, there will be a special performance of M. R. James’ classic tale ‘Casting the Runes’.

The event is being organised by the Loughborough University Arts Radar programme, in collaboration with Dr Nick Freeman and Dr Dan Watt from the University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama.

Director of Arts, Nick Slater, commented: “We are delighted to welcome A Weekend of Weird to Loughborough and look forward to seeing the impact of the performances, screenings and discussions over the two days. The weird is an interesting concept that looks beyond the world we live in. We encourage members of the community to come along and enjoy something slightly different compared to their average weekend!”

Artist Ben Judd added: “I have always thought that all art is weird in some way; that it is in fact a necessary, vital quality. If it wasn’t weird it wouldn’t be doing its job properly – it wouldn’t be questioning or challenging. It has been interesting to think of my practice within the context of the still emerging genre of the Weird. I like the idea of exploring these ideas within the University, a place of both social cohesion and dissent.”

A Weekend of Weird is running in Martin Hall Theatre on Loughborough University campus from Saturday 25 November, 10:30 – 19:30, to Sunday 26 November, 10:30 – 16:30. It is free to attend, however some performances will operate on a first come first serve basis due to limited capacity.

For a full programme of events and more information on parking and location, please click here

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, and University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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