Blog Series: Creative Writing and History

The third and final event of the ‘Creative Histories’ series funded by the British Academy in 2017-8 was held in Bristol on 26th January. The event brought together historians and creative writers to talk about shared challenges as well as a disagreements, and finished with a talk from Kate Summerscale, author of a series of non-fiction history books.

Over the next few weeks, this short series of blog posts will present some thoughts from participants.

May 15th: ‘Historical Fiction and the ‘Pastness’ of the Way People Think‘. Mark Hailwood explores some of the ways historians use creative writing techniques.

May 22nd: ‘The Living, the Dead and the Very Very Dead: Ethics for Historians‘. Laura Sangha asks what historians owe the dead.

May 29th: ‘The Fact That Engenders‘. Kim Sherwood describes her understanding of how facts and narratives intertwine in her historical novel, Testament.

June 5th: ‘Creative Writing as a Tool of Sustained Ignorance‘. Will Pooley argues that the imagination used for creative writing can be a powerful tool for teaching and researching history.

We hope you enjoy the posts, and please do get in touch if you’d like to write a response for the blog!

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