4th - 15th may

Victor Merriman: Stories of Everyday Phrases call for Submissions

Writing on the Wall, in collaboration with Professor Merriman, invites short contributions to a networked collage of writing, in forms including text, audio, video, and image. Text may include short dramatic episodes, fragments of prose, lockdown anecdotes with critical commentary, short poems – from Haiku to sonnet length. All of these may be presented in written (including captioned images, as in Bertolt Brecht’s War Primer), audio, or video form, and should respond to the broad theme, ‘Lockdown’. Contributions will be curated for exhibition on WoWFest’s web platform, during May 2020. Closing Date: 15 May 2020 
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In a recent article for the London Review of Books, William Davies observed,
 
We [have] ended up with a ‘flexible’ economy in which a large number of people are entirely reliant on the near-term vagaries of the labour market for their day-to-day survival, with neither savings nor state guarantees to provide any back-up when that market crashes. Wages, rent, credit card repayments and everyday consumption are locked into their own ‘just-in-time’ supply chain, which is stressful enough even when it’s up and running.[1]
 
Davies draws our attention to the ways in which economic keywords such as ‘just-in-time’ structure a form of ‘common sense’ that shapes, not alone how we function as economic actors, but even intimate aspects of the way we live today.
 
According to Victor Merriman, Professor of Critical Studies in Drama (Edge Hill University), ‘Historically, artists and critical thinkers turn social statements into questions. They treat phrases such as ‘just-in-time’, ‘footfall’, ‘headcount’, ‘lockdown’, not as descriptors of reality, but as metaphors. In doing this, they open up these phrases and the ideas behind them, to critical examination.’ 
 
[1] https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n07/william-davies/society-as-a-broadband-network
 
Victor Merriman is Professor of Critical Studies in Drama at Edge Hill University. He is author of Because We Are Poor: Irish Theatre in the 1990s (2011) and Austerity and the Public Role of Drama: Performing Lives-in-Common (2019). He was a member of An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council of Ireland (1993-1998) and chaired the Council's Review of Theatre in Ireland (1995-1996). ENDS


Submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.