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The Imagining History UK programme 2021

A month-long online and in-real-life exploration of the art and craft of writing Historical Fiction

July 3 – Aug 1 2021 to develop the skills of young writers from all over the UK. Their work is mentored by professional writers, an online content maker, an art historian and supported by an academic historian.

The spirit of the young Walter Scott, starting out an extraordinary life of creative brilliance at Smailholm Tower, is re-ignited in the collective imagination of 42 young writers living in our roller-coaster world of upheaval, online-living and re-awakening after national trauma. Looking back through time, they explore the long view of now.

  • Three month-long online workshops focused on The Library at Innerpeffray, Boughton House in Northamptonshire and on the surprising movements of our current historical world. 15 young writers, some of them shortlisted and winning entrants for The Young Walter Scott Prize, delve into past and present worlds to look for the vital real-life knowledge that inspires high quality Historical Fiction writing.
  • Two one-day in-real-life workshops at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk with young writers from Farlingaye School, Woodbridge. 27 young people aged 13 – 15 years, walking the land, discovering their heritage, writing from their informed imagination.

IHUK 2021 follows on the heels of Times Shifting – New Voices from a Changed World, the anthology published in February of this year, produced after three months of exploration of the lockdown in 2020.



03.07.2021 - 01.08.2021