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WRAP Live! In conversation with Ashley Hickson-Lovence

WRAP – Writing, Reading and Pleasure

Ashley Hickson-Lovence
In conversation | Public lectures

Join us online for our next WRAP Live! event with author Ashley Hickson-Lovence. He'll be chatting to Becky Cullen – poet, researcher and WRAP Programme Manager about inspiring reluctant readers, his route into writing, and his explosive debut novel The 392. Completely free and open to all!

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Join us online for our next WRAP Live! event with Ashley Hickson-Lovence, whose stunning debut novel The 392 explores a 36-minute bus journey. He'll be in conversation with poet, academic and Nottingham Creative Writing Hub member Dr Becky Cullen.

A former teacher with an interest in inspiring reluctant readers, Ashley is currently writing about Uriah Rennie, the Premier League's first black referee. Becky will be asking about the stops on Ashley’s own writing route, as well as passing questions about black football players and referees, and what happens when you take up your position in the writing area.

As well as Becky and Ashley's conversation, the event includes a special screening of a short animated film produced as a collaboration between the ARHC-funded Crossed Lines project and Compass Collective, a non-profit theatre company working with people seeking sanctuary. Using the motif of voicemail, Creative Writing Hub member Dr Sarah Jackson and the young people worked together to write and perform a series of messages exploring loss, resilience and hope.

We also have a performance from John Lewell, a Year One student on NTU's BA (Hons) Creative Writing course, whose passion for writing is underpinned by wanting to have a solid academic foundation for his craft. He's a keen WRAP (Writing, Reading and Pleasure) participant, taking part in the WRAP programme of book clubs and writing workshops. John joins us to share poems written during the pandemic. When John is a best-selling novelist, you will be able to say you heard him here first!

This event is open to students, staff and the public and co-hosted with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Nottingham Creative Writing Hub.

How do I watch this event?
You can watch this event live on NTU's YouTube channel.

How much does this event cost?
This event is completely free and open to everyone; students, staff and the general public.

How long will this event last?
You can join our virtual lobby from 7.20 pm; the livestream will start promptly at 7.30 pm and last approximately 1.5 hours with a short comfort break halfway through.

Tell me more about WRAP
WRAP is our new Writing, Reading and Pleasure project, delivered as part Curated & Created – NTU's cultural programme.

WRAP offers a variety of activities for NTU students, including book groups, writing workshops, meet ups and masterclasses, and a public programme of events. Ashley Hickson-Lovence is this term's WRAP Featured Writer and will be joining a number of our student and staff events.

Find out more about WRAP on our webpages.

How do I find out about more events like this?
Join the Curated & Created mailing list and we'll let you know what's coming up.

Contact us
Email for more information about this event or the WRAP programme.

Image credit: Ashley Hickson-Lovence by Taryn Everdeen.

Booking information

Reserve your free place and we'll email you full details of how to tune in to the livestream.

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