Of the many research activities and events that will take place through the TIDE project, one of the most exciting is the TIDE Visiting Writers’ Scheme. Our visiting writers will work closely with the core research team each year throughout the duration of the project, attend group meetings and TIDE seminars during their residency, and have access to our research material both during their stay and online. They will offer public lectures and readings, and produce new writing in response to the team’s research, providing an invaluable insight into how literature continues to act as a bridge across multiple cultural landscapes, how it forms a site where conversation – even if difficult and sometimes downright uncomfortable – can take place in a world where views of cultural identity, rights and affiliations lend themselves habitually to strife, conflict and division. At the end of the project, all five Visiting Writers will return for the final end-of-project Festival, to discuss their work, and to reflect on the process of this collaboration. The writers will be co-hosted by the Centre for New and International Writing at the University of Liverpool.
Tide Visiting Writers
In April 2017, TIDE will welcome Fred D’Aguiar as the first TIDE Visiting Writer. Fred D’Aguiar’s dozen books of fiction and poetry have been translated into several languages. His first novel, The Longest Memory, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was made into a film by Channel 4 (UK). His essays and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Guardian, Wasafiri, Callaloo, Best American Essays and elsewhere. His play, A Jamaican Airman Foresees His Death, was produced at the Royal Court Theatre in London. His radio play, Days and Nights in Bedlam, was broadcast by the BBC, along with several recent short stories. Continental Shelf, a U.K. Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the UK’s T.S. Eliot Prize in 2009. His latest poetry collection is The Rose of Toulouse. His latest novel, Children of Paradise (HarperCollins, US; Granta, UK), is inspired by the events at Jonestown. Born in London in 1960 of Guyanese parents and brought up in Guyana and London, he is currently Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sarah Howe will be our Visiting Writer in 2018. Howe is a Hong Kong-born British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Previous fellowships include a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, a Hawthornden Fellowship, the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and a Fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute. She is currently a Leverhulme Fellow in English at University College London.