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Fran Bigman joined Rhodri Davies's group

The Philip K. Dick Exegesis Reading Group

A group to meet monthly for discussion of pre-agreed extracts from the 2012 publication of Philip K. Dick's Exegesis.  To meet the second Tuesday of each month, beginning January 2015 - venue tbc.See More
Jan 31, 2015
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Jun 1, 2012
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May 2, 2012
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Apr 29, 2012
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Apr 29, 2012
Fran Bigman shared Bianca Leggett's group on Twitter
Mar 6, 2012
Fran Bigman joined Tony Venezia's group


Rubbish is coming to Birkbeck this summer: a series of events on reading the matter and metaphors of waste and value in and through spaces, objects and language. See More
Oct 21, 2011
Fran Bigman joined Bianca Leggett's group

Reading Contemporary Fiction

Contemporary Fiction Seminar has moved on to Senate House, but it has spawned a little sister project which is here to stay at Birkbeck with the format and the Pringle supply you know and love.  Please join us!See More
Oct 20, 2011
Fran Bigman joined Sam Jenkins's group

The short fiction of J.G. Ballard

This is a group that will meet once a month (probably on a Monday) to discuss short stories by J.G. Ballard. Suggestions on relevant theory welcome (Baudrillard, anyone?)
Oct 19, 2011
Fran Bigman joined Carla Benzan's group


We meet in London museums and galleries to work directly with objects by means of 'slow looking'; discussing a single work of art through careful and attentive engagement.  See More
Feb 15, 2011
Fran Bigman joined Dandelion Editors's group

Modern Literature PhD group

Hosted by Birkbeck College, an open-to-all MA/MPhil/PhD reading group. We meet monthly to discuss key texts, listen to invited speakers, and learn from each others' work.
Jan 25, 2011
Fran Bigman joined Zara Dinnen's group

Contemporary Fiction Group

This group hereby pledges to support the Contemporary Fiction Seminars in all the interesting work they will produce and inspire. For further info please see the events page for upcoming seminars; or contact Tony Venezia or Zara Dinnen.
Jan 25, 2011
Fran Bigman is now a member of Dandelion Network
Jan 25, 2011

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Abortion and reproduction in literature & film, dystopia, representations of Japan

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At 10:50 on May 4, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

Thanks. From that description, it sounds like she's involved in making sure that software they develop doesn't break.

I'm not a fan of literary prizes of any sort, but in case you missed the coverage, the winner of this year's Clarke award might provide some good material for you:


At 22:41 on May 1, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

Hullo. Sorry for the delayed response - I've been busy stressing out about an interview earlier this evening. It's been a few years since I read either 'The Carhullan Army' or 'Never Let Me Go', but can maybe dredge up enough about them to participate tomorrow. I'll attempt the Bowlby article on the train, although the amount that goes in will be inversely proportional to the amount of teenage noise and antics from my fellow passengers...

At 12:01 on February 23, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

The Road (which is why I know it well enough to get into arguments about bunker nutrition), Will Self's The Book of Dave and Ballard's Kingdom Come. I hate Kingdom Come and got a little mired in slagging it off - Lionel Shriver wrote quite an amusing review where she suggests that novels trying to satirise consumerism generally work better when they don't include the word 'consumerism' at least three times on every page. The Carhullan Army would have been a much better choice, but for some reason I'd fixated on the 2006 thing and couldn't let it go. What's the wacky 1927 dystopia?

At 15:43 on February 18, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

One of my MA essays was on three dystopian novels from 2006, but it was for the contemporary fiction strand of a creative writing degree and had to be very short so I managed to sidestep all that critical circularity too. I started looking at it again when I was putting together a PhD proposal but decided it was all madness - shape sorting really isn't fun unless you are a toddler!

At 20:34 on February 9, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

Ha! At least it's reassuring to learn that no one called Joyce has a chin. Det er mig: https://twitter.com/#!/ambulant

I once tried to write about the generic taxonomies of dystopian and post-catastrophic writing and how they fit into the whole SF vs not SF argument, and I think a significant part of my brain is still tied up iterating thought the same recursive function. I decided the question was best left unasked, but possibly you are more mentally balanced!

At 13:15 on February 6, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

I know what you mean about your voice - I felt like I spent significant amounts of Saturday evening nodding at things the jukebox had completely drowned out. I was also preoccupied by the need to get a proposal finished for the AHRC studentship deadline today, which I managed, thankfully.

I'm not sure about the apocalypse thing. It does look interesting but I tend to find one member of the panel somewhat wearing. How many people tend to go to the CF seminar now it's moved to Senate House? If it's sufficiently dilute I might risk it!

At 12:38 on January 30, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

Well, self-interested antisocial behaviour does happen everywhere. It's just that in the US there's a higher than average likelihood of its involving the hoarding of canned food and/or firearms. Have you left for good then?

I did catch the Roger/PKD thing back in Dec thanks to a slightly compulsive R4 habit (which I'm now busily trying displace by developing a Twitter habit). There was a BBC Arena documentary about PKD a few years back which talked about some of the weirder aspects of his life, like his dog-food-eating period. I half-remember it being quite good but keep meaning to watch it again on YouTube to make sure - the first slice is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJehaCfnXHE

At 22:42 on January 23, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…
At 15:13 on January 19, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

She has a good point about the conspicuousness of barbecues, even if the existence of survivalist forms of butter has passed her by.

At 11:42 on January 19, 2012, Adrian Joyce said…

Yes, although I suspect that by the time you're putting money into Glenn-Beck-endorsed 'food insurance', peace of mind is largely a thing of the past, whether in the pantry or anywhere else.


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