In this interdisciplinary study day, we will explore the theme of arrival in new places. In the year when Hull celebrates its position as City of Culture, the movement of people is a subject of popular debate, as pressing in Hull as anywhere else that welcomes new arrivals into its midst. It is crucial that writers, educators and academics reflect on how best to respond to these issues and the influence it has on their daily practice.
The keynote speaker, Sarah Crosson, is an international, award winning writer of young adult fiction. Weight of Water is ‘a startlingly original piece of fiction’ which is a ‘spare and beautiful story about leaving you home to start life in another country’. Evelyn Arizpe researches the potential of picturebooks to support immigrant children as learners and meaning makers. Peter Draper’s research interest is the use of arts and spirituality in nursing. Nicholas McGuinn and Amanda Naylor are contributors to the forthcoming book Students, Places and Identities in English and the Arts (edited by David Stevens and Karen Lockney). Collectively, the speakers will explore the way that writers, teachers and academics have responded and worked with the themes of place and identity.