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Researchers set to explore words and writing in a series of festival events

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A world-leading research team in the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Humanities is getting set to deliver an exciting series of events in November after securing funding for a series of community activities as part of the forthcoming Being Human Festival 2023. 

The team, led by Dr Rob Francis, Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University, and PhD student, Ifemu Omari, secured £1650 to fund the series of events for the festival which is run in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy (BA), and the School of Advanced Study, University of London (SAS).  

The UK's national festival returns to 52 towns and cities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from 9–18 November and events are led by researchers from 64 universities and research organisations, and include hands-on workshops, walks and tours, talks and discussions, installations and exhibitions, museum pop-ups and lates, screenings and outdoor activities. Founded in 2014, the festival celebrates the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities, and demonstrates that research in the humanities is vital for the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK and globally. 

Dr Francis said: “The School of Humanities at the University of Wolverhampton is thrilled to be involved once again in this year's events. We'll be putting on a series of events that demonstrate the cutting-edge research of our school and research centre.

 "The Being Human Festival is always an exciting time and helps us re-focus our research in light of people outside of academia. It's a chance to really touch people's lives and show them new ways of approaching who they are and where they're from. 

"Our Brooching Words event will see our linguistics scholars exploring people's favourite regional words and phrases, helping people consider how our dialects, languages and colloquialisms define us. 

"I'll be sharing some of my Geopoetic ideas by running a creative writing walking workshop in one of the most beautiful and rich locations in the Black Country - Saltwells Nature Reserve. 

"Participants can take in some Anglo-Saxon and Mercian heritage and think about how Historical Fiction plays a role in understanding our collective memories in Reimagining Aethelfleead with PhD researcher, Sheila Passey. "Professor Sebastian Groes, who is a stalwart part of the festival, will be launching his memoir, Right in the Head, about Brain trauma. This is a not to be missed interactive and interdisciplinary event." 

You can find more information about what's happening on the Being Human website 

Find out more about the University's research in the University’s eZene, Research Matters - showcasing our research successes and news from the sector. 

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