The Black Country is borderless. Regarded as 'a mixture of forest and factories', it has its own dialects, traditions and a culture, including its literature/writing output. An important thematic thread of Black Country writing is, specifically, a sensation of place. This talk takes psychogeography at its word, off the beaten track, and into an analysis of how writers deal with the region as a ‘sensation of place’ in their writing.

Kerry Hadley-Pryce was born in the Black Country. She worked nights in a Wolverhampton petrol station before becoming a secondary school teacher. She wrote her first novel, The Black Country (Salt Publishing 2015) whilst studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. Gamble (Salt Publishing 2018), her second novel, was shortlisted for the Encore Award 2019. She is currently a PhD student at the Manchester Metropolitan University, researching Psychogeography and Black Country Writing. 

Performer: Kerry Hadley-Pryce

Date: Friday 31 January 2020

Time: 4pm - 5pm

Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery - Contemporary Gallery

Price (inc. booking fee): £3.83

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