Writer in Residence


Writer in Residence poster FINAL FINAL Feb 2016

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery will be welcoming Lisa Blower as its first Writer in Residence this Spring.

From March 14th – June 12th 2016, Lisa will be drawing inspiration from the Mary Webb Society’s exhibition, ‘Treasures: The Literature and Landscape of Mary Webb’s Shropshire,’ to create a contemporary reimagining of Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth. She will be writing live on The Gallery every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-3pm

“This is a complete departure for me in every sense,” says Lisa of the task ahead of her. “I’ve been knee-deep in working-class fiction for the best part of 6 years, so it will be a real challenge to re-imagine a classic work and bring it up-to-date for a modern readership, let alone be writing in the spotlight.”

Lisa, will start her residency with an empty desk and bare walls. Visitors will be able to observe her novel writing process from the beginning to the reveal of her first chapter on June 12th. Over 12 weeks, she will publicly share her research, methods and practice, as well as hosting a 6 week novel writing course, launching the museum’s monthly book club, and be twice In Conversation with Mary Webb Society President and Mary Webb’s biographer, Dr Gladys Mary Coles.

GMC and Me 19 March“Lisa will bring  verve, imagination and her versatile writing skills to the project and is sure to be an inspiration to writers and readers alike,” says Gladys Mary. “Her residency coincides and is entwined with a major exhibition at the museum celebrating Mary Webb, and it will be fascinating to watch how a contemporary version of a 1916 novel develops.”

Visitors will be encouraged to write alongside Lisa via weekly creative prompts, and there is an open invitation to schools and colleges to come and see a writer at work and take part in a creative workshop with a qualified creative writing lecturer.

Lisa Blower, Writer in Residence: March 14th – June 12th 2016

To enrol on Lisa’s Novel Writing course please email Shrewsburycreativewriting@gmail.com

Sessions start on Monday April 11th – Monday May 23rd – 12pm-2pm and 6pm-8pm


Event Schedule:

Saturday March 19th 2pm-3pm: Residency Launch, Lisa Blower in Conversation with Dr Gladys Mary Coles – Free event at the Museum

Saturday March 26th: 10.30am – 12.30pm Writing West Midlands Presents Writers’ Networking Morning with Lisa Blower and David Calcutt – to book a free place go to www.writingwestmidlands.org

Museum Book Club: 6.30pm-8.30pm Thursday March 17th and Thursday May 5th – come along to read and discuss Gone to Earth with Lisa Blower – Free events at Stop Café at the Museum

University Centre Shrewsbury Reading Group: Saturday May 21st, 1.30pm-3.30pm – Join Dr Gladys Mary Coles and Dr Lisa Blower as they discuss Mary Webb’s literature, as hosted by the English Department at Shrewsbury’s new university – Free event at Frankwell Guildhall campus

Sunday June 12th 2pm-3pm: First Chapter Reveal, Lisa Blower reads from her new novel as hosted by Dr Gladys Mary Coles – Free event at the Museum

For more information on Shrewsbury Museum events, please click here

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