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English PEN presents: Multilingualism and performance

22 September 2018, 4:00 pm5:30 pm


How does multilingualism shape the creative practice of writers? How do writers use multiple languages in our theatres, festivals, performances and publications? We look at how writing and performing works when writers draw from multiple languages.

Writer   Hanna Ali     will discuss with   Silvija Jestrovic, Associate Professor (Reader) of Theatre and Performance at Warwick University, with more participants to be announced soon.

This is the third in a series of English PEN events about multilingualism developed in partnership with Oxford University and SOAS as part of the    Creative Multilingualism    project.


Hanna Ali     is a Writer,   Photographer, Project Lead, Frequent Panellist and Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate at   SOAS, University of London where she specialises in Afro-Arab identity. Hanna is a former Radio Presenter and was listed as number 4 in Buzz Feed’s “21 Black British Muslims You Should Know About” and was a part of   Trailblazing Muslim Women 2018. As a Writer, her collection of Short Stories was published in October 2017 this following on from winning Prizes/being shortlisted in the 2016 London Short Story and 2017 HISSAC Short Story Competitions. As a Project Lead, she has and will again in October 2018 deliver   Somali Week Festival, which is a 10-day London based festival during London’s Black History Month. Hanna has additionally created and delivered Arts and Cultural events for both London Tower Hamlets Council and London City Hall. Hanna’s Short Story collection The Story of Us can be purchased at marketfiftyfour.com Hanna can be found on Twitter:    @HannaAli

Silvija Jestrovic     studied playwriting and dramaturgy at the University of Belgrade (1989–1992) and completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Toronto in 2002. From 1990 to 1996 she was a freelance playwright, dramaturge and journalist. Before coming to Warwick in 2005, Silvija was SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer at York University in Toronto. Whilst at Warwick she has designed modules that address her interest in performance and exile, avant-garde theatre, playwriting, and theatre and performance theory.


22 September 2018
4:00 pm—5:30 pm
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