Brock prof to host online discussion on experimental writing

Experimental poet and Brock English Professor Gregory Betts will host a free panel discussion as part of an Irish literary festival Thursday, Oct. 15.

Betts will host a conversation with poets Kimberly Campanello and Christodoulus Makris, as well as novelist Alice Lyon, exploring the current state of experimental writing today and where authors anticipate it will go next.

“The three featured speakers are all experimental authors, but approach the field in wildly different ways,” says Betts. “The panel highlights the idea of experimentation, but also what is at stake in inventing new literary forms to suit new cultures in their emergence.”

Held annually in October, the Redline Festival celebrates the best in Irish and international writing. The festival is usually held in various venues across South Dublin, although this year it also includes an online format.

Betts’ involvement in the festival came through his work with the Text/Sound/Performance conference while he was the 2018-19 Craig Dobbin Professor at University College Dublin’s Centre for Canadian Studies.

The talk, which begins at 1:30 p.m. EDT (6:30 p.m. IST) is free and will be available on YouTube for later viewing.

Pre-registration is required.

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