Writing with the Archive - A Writing Workshop
Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa (Challenging Archives writers-in-residence)
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol BS8 1UP
What are you expecting to find in the archive? What else might be hidden there, ghostly in the corner of a photograph, a whisper caught in a fold of paper? Join Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa, writers-in-residence with the Franko B Archive, for a writing workshop using Franko's archive as a tool for creative research and inspiration.
This event is part of a wider series of public events including an exhibition, symposium and talk, funded by the Wellcome Trust, that marks the end of a larger project to catalogue, conserve and widen access to Franko B's Archive, donated by the artist to the Theatre Collection in 2008 where it is now fully accessible. As part of the project, Maddy Costa and Mary Paterson have reflected on the challenges presented by the collection as it goes through the archival process, contributing to the Theatre Collection Blog.
Mary Paterson is a writer, artist and producer. Her publications include Imagination and Potential (LADA, 2017) and Joshua Sofaer: Performance | Objects | Participation (Intellect, 2019) as co-editor, while with Maddy Costa and Diana Damian Martin she co-edits the journal Something Other, a platform for experiments in writing and the live. In 2017 Mary was Bristol Writer in Residence for the Art Writer’s Group, co-hosted by Arnolfini and Spike Island.
Maddy Costa writes about theatre and performance, online, in fanzines and in collaboration with other writers/artists, including Andy Field on the Tiny Letter project Criticism & Love. She is a founder member of the experimental writing collectives Something Other and the Department of Feminist Conversations. She has worked as a dramaturg with theatre-makers including Selina Thompson, Paula Varjack, Jamal Gerald and Harry Josephine Giles, and created unusual documentation of process and performances for Fuel, Unfolding Theatre, Sheila Ghelani and Chris Goode, among others.
Free, but booking essential.