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Trust & the (Human) Animal: writers’ workshop with Alex Lockwood

1 June 2016
6:00 pm
7:30 pm

A writing workshop focused on how we describe and write about encounter with bodies – our own and the bodies of nonhuman others. The premise for this session is that, for many individuals and for our wider culture, it is far too easy to lose touch with the somatic knowledge that comes from the body. We deny brain-body-world entanglements to our detriment, and it is (as Alex and others argue) this loss and lack of attending to our existing entanglements with the world that is really at the heart of our distance from nonhuman animals.
This session will ask writers to think about the concept of trust in relation to entanglements with other bodies, and to think about trust between human and nonhuman. We will do some writing exercises around encounter with other animals, with some extracts from stories. We may also work briefly outside.
Alex is a writer living in Newcastle and senior lecturer in the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. He completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, exploring self-identity, psychoanalysis and affect. The Pig in Thin Air explores the place of the body in animal advocacy, and chronicles Alex’s journey around Canada and the United States in 2014, exploring animal advocacy and the animal rights movement there.
The workshop is aimed at adults. Experienced and new writers all welcome. This event is free but all donations are very welcome either on the evening or online:
If you would like to stay for the author’s talk/ reading at 7.45pm, please book your space for that separately here:


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