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.
In November 2017, Deirdre McKay and other members of the Hacking Plastic team at Keele University put on two days of workshops at B-Arts, Stoke-on-Trent for Being Human (a Festival for Humanities). Ceri Morgan led a creative writing workshop aimed at getting participants to think about (and rethink) their relationships to plastic.
Supported by a British Academy small research grant (2016-17), Ceri Morgan and media artist Philip Lichti made a digital map of fictional Montreal featuring some of the city’s best-known writers.
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.
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.