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OU’s Contemporary Cultures of Writing Seminar Series, Spring 2021: ‘The Personal as Political’
Tue 13 Apr 2021 to Tue 13 Apr 2021
‘The Personal as Political’ – an online seminar series presented by the OU’s Contemporary Cultures of Writing research group – continues with 'The personal as political in theatre' (13 April, 6-7pm), a discussion of the boundaries between public and private politics in contemporary theatre, featuring Jenny Sealy MBE, CEO of Graeae Theatre, and award-winning playwright Paul Sirett in conversation with Joanne Reardon.


Jenny Sealey, MBE, CEO is the Artistic Director of Graeae, a theatre company whose artistic vision is to be ‘a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions’. She has worked with theatre companies throughout the world and co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony with Bradley Hemmings. She won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and was on the h.Club 100 list of the most influential people in the creative industries.

Paul Sirett
is an Olivier-nominated, award-winning playwright and dramaturg whose writing includes plays for disabled-led theatre company Graeae and work about drug trails in Africa and immigration to the UK. As a dramaturg, Paul has worked on numerous productions for companies including the RSC, Soho Theatre and the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Joanne Reardon
is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University. She writes fiction, drama, and poetry. Joanne's first novel, a crime mystery, ‘The Weight of Bones’, was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press Debut Novel Award, and published by Cinnamon Press under their new Leaf by Leaf imprint in Autumn 2020.

As with other seminars in the series, the free event will be hosted in conjunction with the Institute of English Studies on Zoom. Registration is via Eventbrite

The final seminar in the series is:

April 27, Yvonne Battle-Felton in conversation with Irenosen Okojie. Yvonne Battle-Felton’s debut novel Remembered was longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2019. Irenosen Okojie is a novelist, short story writer, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

For further information and updates, please visit the Open University’s Contemporary Cultures of Writing website

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