Month March 2021

In Conversation with Donna Payne | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 3rd March | Reviewed by Deborah Potter

As a student in their first year of English and Creative Writing, the Cultural eXchanges Festival has been an interesting experience. Due to the events of Covid-19, the format in 2021 was taken online. However this did not hinder my… Continue Reading →

Creative Writing Postgrads Showcase | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 5th March | Reviewed by Thomas Williams

The Creative Writing Postgrad Performance was an immersive experience offering an array of creative pieces. It was fantastic to see the creative pieces showcased. Caroline Butterwick and Julian Pinnick presented my favourite pieces. Caroline’s piece allowed us a small glimpse into the world of… Continue Reading →

The Peacock Screen “Shines”: a conversation with Farrukh Dhondy and Ahmed Jamal | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 5th March | Reviewed by Miranda Graham

The Peacock Screen shines brightly: The Cultural eXchanges Festival ended with a bang on Friday with The Peacock Screen “Shines” event. This exciting evening celebrated Indian cinema, in particular the work of Mahmood Jamal. Mr Farrukh Dhondy, writer and ex-Commissioning… Continue Reading →

Creative Writing Postgrads Showcase | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 5th March | Reviewed by Joe Powdrill

The Postgrads Showcase, hosted by Professor Simon Perril, was a brilliant opportunity to hear about the research and fresh writing of five fantastically diverse and talented authors. All the authors presented well thought-out written works, and each read with real… Continue Reading →

Creative Writing Postgrads Showcase | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 5th March | Reviewed by Nabilah Patel

A Flicker of Inspiration: This event was hosted by Leicester Centre for Creative Writing at DMU. Postgrads studying creative writing at PhD level read out their beautiful words, hooking us from beginning to end. There were many different styles of… Continue Reading →

In Conversation with Pheebs Jameson | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 |3rd March | Reviewed by Lotta Raidna

To be honest, I’ve never come across such an inspiring person as Pheebs Jameson. I’ve never been one to listen to TED talks or podcasts, but I feel that has all changed now. Truthfully, I was hooked straight from the… Continue Reading →

‘Ok So I’m In Love, I Think’ | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 2nd March | Reviewed by Dimitra Koutouzi

Last night, while scrolling through the Cultural Exchanges programme, I decided to book tickets for ‘Ok So I’m In Love, I Think’ by Danni Spooner – mostly because of the intriguing title. And wow, I am so happy I checked… Continue Reading →

Poppy Knows Best: Jon Wilkins | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 5th March | Reviewed by Jordan Rollinson

To this hopeful writer Jon Wilkins’ presentation was enlightening. Talking about his writing, including his 2019 novel, Poppy Flowers at the Front, he doubled down on the importance of research when writing historical fiction, describing days spent combing historical sources… Continue Reading →

In Conversation with Jamie Campbell | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 3rd March | Reviewed by Jordan Rollinson

Jamie’s presentation was all at once vibrant, honest, and humble. He told us the inspirational story of how he broke the mould and dared to be himself despite the social norms that prevented open discussions about drag. His message was… Continue Reading →

In Conversation with Jamie Campbell | Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 | 3rd March | Reviewed by Jess Wood

My last experience of normality before the country was thrown into lockdown was sitting in the Royal & Derngate theatre amongst a buzzing audience anticipating a performance of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Now, in a time where crowds are crime… Continue Reading →

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