Visiting Researchers & Writers

The CMCW is pleased to host visiting researchers and writers, and to collaborate with our cultural partners in the city on organising events and residencies.

This year, we are very pleased to welcome Iain Morrison as the new Artful Scribe Writer in Residence to the John Hansard Gallery.

Currently based in his home city of Edinburgh where he works for The Fruitmarket Gallery, Iain Morrison has a degree in music from Cambridge University. He developed a live literature practice while living in Bristol in the noughties. He has a connection with Hampshire through an apprenticeship year spent singing with the choir of Winchester Cathedral in 1997-8 and is enjoying reconnecting with this distant past through his current ArtfulScribe Writer in Residence-ship with John Hansard Gallery. His performance work includes The Library is Open! a night of drag queen poetry at the Scottish Poetry Library which bagged a Creative Edinburgh award, a durational installation of the complete Emily Dickinson poems developed in residency at Forest Centre+ and toured to Berlin, and writing/performing as part of Edinburgh’s Poets Theatre. Iain has fifteen years of experience working in arts organisations, currently for The Fruitmarket Gallery where he is responsible for cross-artform events, such as One Night Without Us: Against Xenophobia organised with nick-e melville – a community night of film, fiction and poetry in the context of the Gallery’s showing of work by William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland. In his current role he has commissioned poets including Vahni Capildeo and Samantha Walton to write in response to exhibitions. He reads regularly around the UK, from Orkney to Manchester. His first full collection is due out with Vagabond Voices Press in 2018. Previous publications include MARQUE, a pamphlet with If A Leaf Falls Press (2017); anthologies Umbrellas of Edinburgh (Freight 2016), venn (UnStapled Press 2016), Kakania (Austrian Cultural Forum 2015) and Queer Information (Modern Edinburgh Film School 2014); magazines including Gutter, HOAX and Scree and he has had articles on poetry in journals including Hix Eros and Performance Research. He tries to keep track of his activities and thinking at:

We are equally delighted to welcome Ivana Hostava to the CMCW.

Ivana Hostová writes about translation and poetry. She has authored numerous reviews and papers on contemporary Slovak poetry, including “Of ecosystems and translations: some ways of translating non-traditional texts” (World Literature Studies 8: 1) and edited and co-edited several volumes on translation, interpreting, and literature, the most recent one being Identity and Translation Trouble (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017; an excerpt is available here). In her translation activities, she mainly concentrates on the non-conventional twentieth-century and contemporary writing (Charles Bernstein, Craig Dworkin, Mila Haugová, Katarína Kucbelová, Peter Macsovszky, Harold Pinter, Nóra Ružičková, Gertrude Stein, Maggie O’Sullivan). In 2017, she co-edited (with Peter Macsovszky) an issue of the magazine Revue svetovej literatúry (Review of world literature), concentrating on the Anglophone literature originating from the US. Her latest academic book Medzi entropiou a víziou [Between entropy and vision] was published in 2014. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Poem: International English Language Quarterly and teaches at the University of Prešov, Slovakia. Ivana’s full academic profile is here.

Recent Visitors:

Many writers have visited the Centre in the past few years, including John Agard, Helen McDonald, Philip Henscher, Horatio Clare, Nat Raha, Shena Mackay, Rachel Seiffert, Mirza Waheed, Redell Olsen, Charles Bernstein, Linus Slug, Amitav Ghosh, Sophie Seita, Bruce Andrews, Rachel Blau Du Plessis, Claire Fuller, Rae Armantrout, Carla Harryman, Michael Davidson, Nisha Ramayya, Trevor Joyce, Rana DasGupta, Samantha Walton. Tsitisi Dangeramba, Judith Butler, Tyler Keevil, Peter Manson, Deborah Levy, Vahni Capildeo, Tessa Hadley, Evelyn Fox Keller, Jay Bernard, Laura Marcus, Christopher Ricks, Mirza Waheed and Jeanette Winterson.

Between 2007 and 2010 Caroline Bergvall joined us as an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Creative Writing Fellow. Her project was entitled Writing in Tongues: Multi-Media and Poetic Projects and led to exhibitions at the Arnolfini in Bristol and the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, as well as a volume of poetry.


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