Faculty of Arts Research Seminar - Mick Jackson and Sam Howard

Wednesday 16 November
Room 202, St. Alphege, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​Staying Awake: whether the study of ‘hypnagogia’ can inform the study of Creative Writing

Mick Jackson (ECWAS)

In the United States in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s a number of individuals carried out what came to be known as ‘wake-a-thons’, in which they attempted to stay awake for as long as possible, culminating in Randy Gardner’s record of 265 hours.  For those eleven days, Gardner was, in effect, elongating the usually brief state known as ‘hypnagogia’, when we first begin to surrender control of our thoughts and fall asleep.  My current research explores the wake-a-thons, sleep science and asks whether the study of the hypnagogic state might inform our understanding of the creative process, aspects of which might be said to occupy that same intermediate territory between the conscious and unconscious mind.

Mick Jackson is currently researching a PhD under the supervision of Professors Jude Davies and Neil McCaw of the Faculty of Arts, and Dr Rhiannon Jones of the Psychology Dept. He has published four novels and two collections of stories with Faber and Faber, including ‘The Underground Man’ (1997) which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and ‘Yuki chan in Bronte Country’ (2016). He was the writer-in-residence at the Science Museum, London (2011-12) and at The Booth Museum of Natural History, funded by Arts Council England, (2014-15), and has taught Creative Writing at The Faber Academy and West Dean College

Playing with Narrative: How the practice of play affects the interdisciplinarity of narratology and theatre directing

Sam Howard (Performing Arts)

This paper is a presentation of the practice of play affecting the interdisciplinarity of narratology and theatre directing. Through an adapted re-telling of a piece of practice as research, created originally for Camden Peoples Theatre, it aims to pata-logically demonstrate the embodied element that was requisite for playing and required for the study of play within that framework of a scripted and structured narrative. The main objective of this paper is to demonstrate the potential and limitations in variability of creating interest in (and interesting) theatre and the value of play laden process over method laden process in achieving the creation of said theatre practice.

Sam Howard is a Theatre Director and Postgraduate Research student at the university of winchester studying Play, Street Arts and Interdisciplinarity. ​

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