Food Unwrapped

On November 14 2018, Keele University organised an event called ‘Food Unwrapped’ as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Sciences 2018. Speakers and delegates considered issues such as food poverty, food and well-being, food and waste, and recycling. The event was led by Emma Surman, Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC). Ceri Morgan led a geopoetics activity whereby participants could choose a writing prompt and respond to it if they wished. Prompts included food memories, smellscapes, and a visit to Keele allotments.

Back to the Drawing Board

As part of the Back to the Drawing Board exhibition held at Keele University (Autumn-Winter 2016-17) to pay tribute to Pat Albeck and Peter Rice, Ceri Morgan led a geopoetics workshop hosted by Emma Bridgewater Factory, Stoke-on-Trent. Texts produced following the April 2016 workshop were displayed at Keele University alongside photographs and extracts from informal interviews with former pottery workers. Viewers of the exhibition were invited to take part in creative writing workshops led by novelist Jen Campion. There was also the opportunity to share memories of the Potteries via a live video booth.

Tapping Ware

Factory wall with window and health and safety signs, including a no smoking one and one stating 'Ear protection must be worn when tapping ware'
Spode Works, March 11, 2015

In March 2015, Ceri Morgan led a field trip to the Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent for students on her final year module, Writingscapes. Participants had an hour at the former factory site and then returned to Keele University campus for a creative writing workshop with novelist, Christopher Prendergast.