11am – 11:30am
Reflections on Beowulf – Dr Chris McCully
Beowulf, the oldest surviving poem in Old English, is set around the time the Anglo-Saxons were first settling in East Anglia. Dr Chris McCully is working on a new metrical translation of Beowulf.
12pm – 1:30pm
Dialogues: Safe European Home? Panel Discussion
Chaired by writer, critic and editor of A Country of Refuge (2016), Lucy Popescu. Our panellists, who included award-winning storyteller Glenys Newton; contemporary British artist and Roma activist Delaine Le Bas; and Tim Finch, writer and campaigner on migration issues who runs the National Refugee Welcome Board and is chair of the migration and arts charity Counterpoints Arts; explored what it means to be living on the margins in 2016.
3:30pm – 5pm
Home on the Road: Between Home & Homelessness
Chaired by Professor Sanja Bahun, Home on the Road offered fresh perspectives on what it means to be homeless or to be between ‘homes’. Our panelists included Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony from the University of Essex; Damian Le Bas, writer, poet and ex-editor of Travelers Times; Obinaa Nwosu and Winston Augustine from Safeground; and Cindy Salmon from the Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge.
Part of Essex Book Festival’s Home Weekend, which took place Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 March 2016 at Firstsite in Colchester.