Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Wednesday 17th October 2018
Room 155, Jubilee Building
University of Sussex

Join us in celebrating the beautiful shades of autumn discussing new experiments in life writing. We are proud to present Clare Best and her new memoir The Missing List. Clare Best has been haunted all her life by dark family secrets. When she agreed to help her dying father record his memoir, she embarked on an urgent quest for the truth. This brought particular ethical and aesthetic challenges, weaving together her father’s words, his ciné-film footage, her own journal entries and scraps of childhood memory. Clare’s reading will be followed by a presentation from Professor Lyn Thomas, curator of Life Writing Projects, which publishes creative and experimental representations of lived experience. Contributions have also been invited from Dr Nirmal Puwar, (TBC) whose ‘Walking Through Litter’ has re-ignited local activism for civic care  in Coventry as it prepares to become City of Culture in 2021, and Jenni Cresswell, who will present her new collaboration with Lyn ‘The Black Beaded Dress’. LWP also includes Clare’s multi-media Breastless and excerpts from Lyn’s Clothes Pegs, in which stories of class and gender identity are ‘pegged’ onto items of clothing.

Together, we will debate questions of perspective, identity and art central to the task of life narration in any media, as well as the challenge of finding truth in an age when it is arguably threatened, paradoxically, by ‘truthiness’.

There will be time for questions and discussion, followed by wine, soft drinks and nibbles till 6.30pm.


This event is jointly organised by the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research and the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex It is supported by the John Smith Bookshop and open access publisher REFRAME.

For further information, please contact Margaretta Jolly


Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Strange Sussex: The Old Weird Albion – Psychogeography and the Space of Life Writing

Join us to welcome in the spring by celebrating strange Sussex landscapes in readings and discussion.

We are proud to present Justin Hopper and his new book The Old Weird Albion.

Hopper traces personal memories, myths and forgotten histories from Winchester to Beachy Head, joining New Age eccentrics and accidental visionaries on the hunt for crop circles, ancient chalk figures and eerie suburbs: the ruins of prehistoric pasts and utopian futures. Hopper casts himself as the outsider – an American initiate searching for an English heritage – and mixes doubt with desire in pursuit of mystical encounters in the Downs.

This will be followed by contributions from the Lewes Psychogeography Group and Dr Hope Wolf, curator of the recent exhibition Sussex Modernism as well as time for questions and discussion.

Monday 19 February, 5-6.30pm
Fulton 104, Fulton Building
University of Sussex

Brighton BN1 9RH

Free entry. RSVP essential.

ALL WELCOME; DISABLED ACCESS. FREE EVENT with wine and nibbles till 6.30pm.

his event is jointly organised by the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research and the John Smith’s Bookshop.

For further information, please contact Margaretta Jolly