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LLC at the Festival of Creative Learning 2018

As the yearly celebration of innovation enters its flagship week, we take a look at the range of events involving our staff and students.

Please note that some events are only open to students at the University of Edinburgh, while others are open to everyone. See individual listings on the Festival of Creative Learning website for details.

Edinburgh University Literature Conference 2018

Monday 19th February 2018

Now in its fourth year, this is the only conference of its kind for undergraduate students in literary studies to come together and present their original research. Entirely organised, led and peer-reviewed by undergraduate students at the University of Edinburgh, it incorporates the Charity McAdams Essay Prize.

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The Postmodern Occult: A Witchcraft Symposium

Monday 19th February 2018

Drop-in, or stay all day, to listen to presentations about the role of witchcraft in the postmodern world in an event organised by the Postmodern Occult, a community involving a number of students on our MSc in Book History and Material Culture programme.

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Postmodern Witchcraft: a Conversation with Ione Gamble and Charlotte-Rose Millar

Monday 19th February 2018

Another event from the Postmodern Occult, this evening discussion with visiting speakers Ione Gamble and Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar will explore why there is an occult renaissance happening now, how it relates to independent publishing (zine culture) and social media, and what the implications are for women, people of colour, and the queer community.

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50 GS Second Issue Magazine Launch

Monday 19th February 2018

Launched last year by students on our Creative Writing MSc programme, 50 gs is back with a brand new issue. Celebrate its release with guest speakers, readings from the magazine and much more at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

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Altar-in-a-Box: A Witchy Workshop

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Join the Postmodern Occult for their third Festival of Creative Learning event. As well as taking part in a great discussion, you'll make an "Altar-in-a-Box", a small, diorama-like altar that is portable, functional and very aesthetically pleasing!

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Theatre Writing & Directing Master Class with Hannah Khalil and Chris White

Tuesday 20th February 2018

A practical masterclass on how to develop a new work for the stage from script to performance with award-winning playwright Hannah Khalil and director and dramaturg Chris White.

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Broad City + Witchy Music Videos: A Screening and Discussion

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Join the Postmodern Occult for a viewing of the episode "Witches" from season 4 of Broad City and a selection of recent witchy music videos from Beyoncé, Princess Nokia, and Grimes, among others.

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Spell Zines: A Witchy Workshop

Tuesday 20th February 2018

For their last event of the Festival of Creative Learning 2018, the Postmodern Occult, and the Edinburgh Zine Library, invite you to join them for a very special zine making workshop.

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Creative Writing: Found Poetry and the Act of Borrowing

Tuesday 20th February 2018

A two-hour workshop open to students and staff interested in developing their creative writing skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. Participants will use a variety of prompts based around the theme of found poetry and borrowing.

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Human Library: Don't Judge a Book by its Cover!

Tuesday 20th February 2018

The Human Library is an international movement where real people are on loan to readers to build a positive framework for conversations and difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Come along to the University of Edinburgh's first Human Library™ and meet our books!

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Folklore, Film & Fieldwork

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Are you interested in the traditional folktales, songs and customs that have shaped our lives today? Come along to this film screening of archive material and discussion to find out more about the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archives, a treasure trove of over 30,000 audio recordings.

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Rewriting/We-Writing Mythology: A Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday 22nd February 2018

What makes a myth? Why are myths important? How do we rewrite myths and what's the significance of such an artistic practice? Join in our day-long. collaborative, creative writing workshop about mythology.

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Heart, Hand & Head in foreign language learning/teaching

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Join Anna Canning, and staff from the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, for an exploration of novel and engaging approaches to enhance foreign language learning for adults. Be prepared for some playful activities and artful challenges!

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LLC Blethers 2018

Thursday 22nd February 2018

A night of fast-talking, good-eating and fun-having, LLC Blethers is a chance to hang out with fellow members of LLC away from your books. The main focus of the night is a series of Pecha Kucha talks on all aspects of LLC life, as well as a quiz, food, prizes for participants and an afterparty at Paradise Palms.

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Word Play: Dandering in a Literary Cityscape

Friday 23rd February 2018

Beginning with a live storytelling walk near George Square, this workshop will bring together a unique literary map of Edinburgh (www.litlong.org) with a visual artist and storyteller to explore, play and create with words, images and ideas connecting us to our literary surroundings.

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