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Short Course: Writing Your Roots: Family History & Memoir

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Birmingham & Midland Institute

9 Margaret Street

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B3 3BS

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In this five-session course, we’ll be writing the past into life, whether your family’s stories are local legends or diaspora tales connecting far away.

We’ll explore a range of writing techniques including memoir, short fiction, poetry and dialogue to capture the flavours, sounds, dreams and family dynamics of living memory and a more distant past.

We'll be drawing on family history, photos and letters, and books set in your place of origin. We'll take inspiration from tales passed from one generation to another, to write imaginatively and unsentimentally about the forces that shaped individual family histories.

This course is intended for those starting to write a personal or family history, as well as those who have some material written and would like to explore it further. No previous writing experience is necessary.

Biography:

Mandy has written over 60 children's books, including Children's History of Birmingham. Her latest picture book, Dominic Grows Sweetcorn (Frances Lincoln) is based on her neighbour's story of growing up in Jamaica and arriving in 1950s Birmingham. Twice shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate, Mandy also writes poetry and plays for grown up audiences. More about her work at www.mandyross.co.uk

Mandy is artistic co-director of Secret City Arts www.secretcityarts.com and uses writing to cross-fertilise with music, performance, visual arts and other artforms. She has worked with CBSO, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Libraries, mac, various poetry festivals, Birmingham Museums Trust and she has taught at Birmingham University and BCU.


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Thursdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 4 January, 11 January, 18 January, 26 January and 2 February..


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

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