Centre for Regional Literature and Culture
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Public engagement

The Centre for Regional Literature and Culture (CRLC) has been involved with a wide range of public engagement activities since its foundation and is committed to furthering the reach of academic research amongst the wider community. Find out more about some of these projects below.

Spotlight on...

Photo of two copies of the book called 'The Book of the Howlat'. The cover is pale blue and features a large owl.
Nicola Royan's research on Richard Holland’s The Buke of the Howlat led recent academic interest in the text. She has since acted as academic adviser for several adaptations.

Public outreach projects

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Creative writing workshops

Lila Matsumoto organised a series of five Creative Writing Workshops at Nottingham Women’s Centre.

Black and white photograph of a white man (D H Lawrence) with a beard in a white suit.

D. H. Lawrence workshops

Jim Moran and Andrew Harrison delivered a series of Lawrence-themed drama workshops engaging with secondary school students.

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Eastwood comics project

Andrew Harrison was academic lead for the 'Eastwood Comics Project', funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and organised by Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Pop Up Projects.

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Keswick Museum project

Lynda Pratt’s AHRC follow-on project has employed Charlotte May to work with Keswick Museum on a variety of impact-related activities connected to their Southey collection.


Public outreach activities


Impact of the coronavirus on events

Many events are currently disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. We expect opportunities to run as usual from the academic year 2021/22, although this cannot be guaranteed.



  • Nicola Royan is collaborating with the National Library of Scotland (in her role as president of the Scottish Text Society) to support an event on 'Scottish Texts in First Printing' 17 April 2020. This will involve some translation and recruiting people to read Older Scots in public. 
  • Charlotte May's work with Keswick Museum produced a travelling education box, new guidebook, walking tour and other materials and ran a Southey event on Heritage Open Day (September 2020).


  • Lynda Pratt, ‘Editing Southey’s Letters – into the 1820s’ at 'Romantic Walking', Keswick (April 2019).  

  • Jon McGregor collaborated with the National Trust in contributing to an art trail curated by Jeremy Deller and Jarvis Cocker, in Edale, Derbyshire.; His contribution took the form of extracts from his novel, Reservoir 13 (which is set in Derbyshire), contained in fortune cookies given to walkers at the start of the trail. 

  • Joanna Robinson presented ‘Partnerships and Participation: Building Collaborations and Capacity through Citizen Scholarship’ alongside David Longford from the Theatre Royal at the Heritagedot Conference, Lincoln (3 June 2019). 

  • Andrew Harrison delivered a public talk on D. H. Lawrence to the Wollaton Rotary Club, 27 February 2019. 

  • Andrew Harrison was interviewed about Lawrence in Manuscripts and Special Collections for a Notts TV programme entitled 'The Real D. H. Lawrence', which first aired on 23 July 2019. 

  • Andrew Harrison led a study group on Lawrence's short story 'Hadrian' at the 2019 D. H. Lawrence Festival, Eastwood, 9 September 2019.

  • Lila Matsumoto co-led ‘Women's Poetry Publication Workshop’, three poetry and poetry zine marking workshops at Nottingham Women’s centre, with poet Katy Lewis Hood and Grrrl Zine Fair founder Lu Williams (January-February 2019). 

  • Lila Matsumoto co-ran ‘A rose is a rose is a rose’ at Nottingham Contemporary (21 November 2018), as part of the Being Human Festival, with Dr Sarah Hayden (University of Southampton). This creative writing workshop explored texts by two radical, avant-garde writers of the early twentieth century, Gertrude Stein and Mina Loy.  The Workshop invited responses to Stein and Loy and to the Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. 

  • Lila Matsumoto’s essay ‘The Horn Dance’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of Weird England essay series. (Last broadcast 21 December 2018; essay permanently available on BBC 3 website). Find out more about the project here.

  • Lila Matsumoto took part in ‘Energy Objects In-Conversation: Hannah Imlach, Dr Lila Matsumoto and Dr Alexandra Campbell’ (10 August 2019). The event was a conversation on sculpture, poetry and energy cultures with visual artist Hannah Imlach, her long-time collaborator poet and researcher Dr Lila Matsumoto and Dr Alexandra Campbell, whose research considers the ecologies and poetics of the sea. The conversation began with a series of short presentations within the exhibition space reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of making artwork in response to renewable energy transition. 

  • Jim Moran monthly book-review slot on BBC Radio Nottingham about regional literature.



  • Andrew Harrison led a study day on Lawrence and the Great War organised by the D. H. Lawrence Society, Eastwood, 9 June 2018. 

  • Andrew Harrison was on the organising committee of the 2018 D. H. Lawrence Festival of Culture. He delivered a public reading group on Lawrence’s dialect poetry in Moorgreen (Nottinghamshire), 5 September 2018. 

  • Andrew Harrison worked with the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum to offer guided tours to large groups of students from Nottingham High School (29 June 2018) and the Gatton Academy (Western Kentucky University, USA) (24 July 2018). He repeated this support for the Museum during a visit from a large group of Nottingham High School students on 26 June 2019 

  • Andrew Harrison delivered themed guided tours of the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum as an event in the 2018 ‘Being Human’ Festival, 17 November 2018. 



  • Andrew Harrison gave a talk on Lawrence’s poetry collection Look! We Have Come Through! at the D. H. Lawrence Society Poetry Day, Eastwood Hall, 29 April 2017.

  • Andrew Harrison took a group of 20 international Lawrence scholars on a guided tour of Eastwood, 8 July 2017.

  • Andrew Harrison delivered (with James Moran) a workshop on Lawrence and the Great War with pupils at Hall Park Academy on 24 May 2017. The event was funded by the AHRC Centre for Hidden Histories. 

  • Andrew Harrison spoke about Lawrence at the Newark Book Festival, 15 July 2017. 

  • James Moran gave a talk for the Birmingham Irish Heritage Group on 5 April 2017. 











  • 'Celebrating Alan Sillitoe' (2010) Nottingham City Council House, Market Square. View press release.


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