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Comic book author set to share ideas of transition and progressive change at University-led community events

News Page 18th May 2017

Comic book author, Alan Moore and performance artist, Stefanie Elrick, are two of the guest speakers who will be part of a series of events through the summer, which aim to bring together academics and members of the community to discuss and share ideas based around the idea of progressive change.

The ‘Transition’ events are part of a series of themed evenings focusing on different forms of transitioning or areas where transition is needed and were established by University of Northampton media lecturers, Cavan McLaughlin and Roy Wallace, with support and funding from the University’s Changemaker Hub.

Taking place at the Underground Phoenix Bar in Northampton, the idea is to provide a space for people to share any independent or academic research, challenge or suggest ideas, as well as having the opportunity to meet and connect with likeminded people. The evenings consist of a film screening, guest speakers, live artists, with a DJ rounding off the night.

The next event on the 18 May will focus on the art of magic and the way in which a magician uses ritual, symbol, language and art to transform their own consciousness and culture-at-large. Guest speaker Alan Moore is known for his work on comic books and has been hailed as the best graphic novel writer in history.

The following event on 25 May is the final in the series and will focus on identity, who we really are and why do we identify the way we do. Stefanie Elrick is a writer, artist and performer who is best known for her live art piece, Written in Skin, is the guest speaker and will be giving her thoughts and views on whether we can choose to be part of a subculture.

These evening events will continue through the summer, with a different theme, guest speaker and line up each time.

Cavan commented: “We decided on the name ‘Transition’ because it refers to the process of changing from one state or condition and these events are aimed at those who self-identify as ‘others’, in any sense or have an ‘alternative’ image/sense of identity or who simply feel they are not comfortable in a traditional, mainstream entertainment environment.

“We want these evenings to bring together people from both the University and the wider community to share ideas, encourage debates about ways of bringing about, as well as negotiating progressive change.”

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are priced at £6 for general admission and £4 for students.

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