Besides teaching and running essay writing clinics, while I have been at SOAS this year I have been thinking about the idea of using the arts for social change. This grew out of the founding of the Anjali House Writing Workshop which has been running for a year now, and my musing over the questions of why and how I did that in the first place. It also led to a bit of research and ruminating over the importance of arts education, what it achieves, why it is so necessary. All of this thinking has led me to create a talk which I will be giving for the first time next week at the SOAS Centre for SE Asian Studies. It is open to the public, free and there’s no need to book. If you’re in London with an hour or two to spare next Tuesday afternoon,  I’d love to see you there. Here are the details:

Literature for Social Change: A Novel Use for a Cambodian Novel

A Clash of Innocents, by Sue Guiney

A Clash of Innocents, by Sue Guiney
Sue Guiney (Writer in Residence, SOAS)
Date: 6 March 2012Time: 5:15 PM
Finishes: 6 March 2012Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: B102
Type of Event: Seminar
Sue Guiney, Writer-in-Residence in the SE Asia Department, will discuss her latest novel, A Clash of Innocents,  and how she has used it both to raise awareness within the West about modern Cambodian life, as well as to work for change among the street children of Siem Reap.
Through Asian sales of her novel, Sue has founded a Writing Workshop/Literacy Program within the educational shelter, Anjali House. Along with readings from her book, Sue will present a model for how an individual’s own artistic ventures can be  adopted to affect grass roots change.
Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact Tel: 020 7898 4892/3