2017 Workshops

A Midlands Odyssey: Writing Workshop


Wednesday, 15 March 2017


10:30 – 12:30


mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH


Tickets £10 incl fees and a free copy of the book 'A Midlands Odyssey'

Join A Midlands Odyssey authors for a special workshop to mark the re-launch of their collection of short stories, transplanting Homeric epic to the contemporary English Midlands. With a range of settings – from smart canal-side apartments to late-night launderettes – these stories are wonderfully inventive and offer a down-to-earth take on one of the world’s greatest pieces of storytelling.

Channel your inner Odysseus in a series of creative writing activities designed to reflect on the practice of storytelling and to explore how existing narratives are forever renewed in their retelling. Participants will be given the opportunity to share and discuss the work that they produce during the course of the workshop in a supportive and informal environment, with prior knowledge of Homer’s Odyssey by no means a prerequisite.


Elisabeth Charis, Yasmin Ali and Charlie Hill are all writers based in the Midlands and, among them, have experience writing for print, performance and radio. The authors will read from their work and discuss the process of writing for commission, as well as exploring the relationship between their new work and its ancient source.

Elisabeth Charis‘ latest work, Eden Reborn, is an eco-feminist reimagining of the Myth of Eden and a response to Ted Hughes’ Theology.

Yasmin Ali has published short stories and radio plays. Her latest commission, Twelve Angry Women, premiered at the Brighten Dome for International Women’s Day 2016.

Charlie Hill is a novelist and short story writer, whose latest work, Stuff, is published by Cinnamon Press and ‘tackles the empitness of Consumerism and the essential meaninglessness of British culture at the beginning of the 21st Century’.

It will then be the turn of participants, who will respond to a series of creative writing challenges – responding to a source text, finding a genre, and creating something new from something old.

Presented by the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology in partnership with Arts & Science Festival, mac birmingham and B-Film as part of Homer’s Odyssey Today, a series of events at mac birmingham focusing on the Odyssey’s afterlife from a variety of perspectives. A Midlands Odyssey was commissioned by Writing West Midlands