Media Release: words 2008 – an unique writing event

WORDS 2008 is a new interactive writing exhibition that explores the magic of words.

Based on new writing from the renowned Creative Writing MLitt programme at Glasgow
University – launchpad for the careers of some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary writers,
including Booker-nominated Rachel Seiffert and multi award-winning Louise Welsh – words 2008 takes the normally solitary process of writing out into the public domain.

This exciting new event will run from 9-13 September, is FREE TO ALL and includes:

* FREE daily prose and poetry workshops for members of the public

* A documentary film about writers on the Glasgow MLitt made by former BBC
producer Susan Kemp

* A panel discussion on Thursday 11 September on the craft of writing, hosted by Keith
Bruce, arts editor of The Herald, and featuring Tom Leonard, Anne Donovan, Michael
Schmidt, Cynthia Rogerson, Alan Riach and Kei Miller

* An art installation by the acclaimed public artist Nicola Atkinson based on new
writing from the Glasgow programme

* On-site writers-in-residence composing as you watch – plus daily readings of new
work generated by the writers-in-residence and workshop participants


All events are free, but workshop places are limited and must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made by calling the Mitchell Library booking line on 0141 287 2999

words 2008 aims both to promote new literary talent in Scotland, and to engage as many
people as possible with contemporary writing and the writing process.

“What comes across very strongly in the film is how much all the writers got out
of the Glasgow Creative Writing programme,” says Fiona Rintoul, co-organiser of the exhibition.

“One of the main aims of words 2008 is to share that benefit with the wider community.”

words 2008 has been made possible by the generous support of BNP Paribas Securities
Services, BBC Scotland, T. Rowe Price, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, the
Mitchell Library, Freight Design and the University of Glasgow. The Herald newspaper
is acting as media partner.

“We are thoroughly delighted and proud to support the words 2008 exhibition,”
comments Todd Ruppert, president and CEO, T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services Ltd.

“We strongly believe in the importance of creative writing to help expand the intellectual
thought process.”

He adds: “We trust that this event will encourage more people to embrace the power
and stimulation of creative writing. We hope this is the first of many such events in
the future, and commend the words 2008 team for making this a reality.”

words 2008 is organised by Herald journalist Lucy Adams, former BBC producer Susan
Kemp and freelance writer Fiona Rintoul – all currently students on the Glasgow
University Creative Writing MLitt programme.

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