The Northern Charter
Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle, NE1 6QE
Project Space open during events only
18 Crazy Angels
Subjectivity and the Archive
A practical writing workshop with Ruth Beale exploring the relationship to history and the archive through narrative perspective. The workshop will include writing exercises using tense as a conceptual device, to shift from immediate to remote, fact to fiction.
Questions we might consider:
What is our role and agency as storyteller?
Where is the central narrative and where are the peripheries?
How is archival material brought into dialogue with contemporary experience?
1pm Welcome and introductions (everyone to introduce themselves. Talk about my work and ideas in the workshop
1.30pm Exercise using keywords/starter words: imaginative writing followed by exercise around tenses. We'll all choose one to read out and share.
Exercise using historical pamphlets/images/objects – reactions to them and sentence starters
Share what we have written and discussion
Ruth Beale’s practice considers the relationships between culture, governance, social discourse and representation. A form of socialised questioning, it includes performance, writing, collecting, drawing and socially-engaged processes. She works on both long-term projects involving extensive archive research, and more spontaneous performances which co-opt audiences, collaborators and participants.