Creative Dissemination

About the Creative Dissemination Project


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Wetwang Slack chariot burial, © Aaron Watson, Melanie Giles.


Following on from the Continuing Bonds study is the Creative Dissemination project. As a result of follow-on funding for Impact and Engagement awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Creative Dissemination project continues with the original drive to normalise death, dying, bereavement and grief in contemporary society. To do this, stories, experiences and opinions given in the original workshops together with archaeological materials are being used as inspiration for creative writing and poetry. We will look at themes like remembering/forgetting the dead, contentious resting sites, keeping the dead, memorialising through objects and treatment of the body after death.

The project runs for 9 months and is led by Principal Investigator Dr Karina Croucher (University of Bradford) and Co-Investigators Dr Jennie Dayes  (University of Bradford) and Dr Melanie Giles  (University of Manchester). Participants are invited to three creative writing workshops and to contribute to an anthology and celebration event. The anthology and workshop materials will be hosted online – watch this space! – to encourage others to hold similar writing events, write about death, dying and grief issues, and to engage an even wider audience on the topic.


What’s already happened?

Workshops were held in Bradford on the 13th March, 3rd April, 5th June 2019, in Manchester on the 11th March, 1st April, 3rd June 2019 and in Sheffield on the 12th March, 2nd April and 4th June 2019. Participants were asked to attend all three workshops in their chosen city.

These were our free to download and share posters.


What’s still to happen?

We will be collating our data and putting together our anthology over the summer of 2019. At the end of September and beginning of October we will be hosting celebratory events, once again in Bradford, Manchester and Sheffield. They will not only be a way for us to close our project in a meaningful way, but also for our attendees to debut their finished pieces. (That’s exciting!)

  • Manchester – 30th of September, 7 to 9 pm. (Venue tbc)
  • Sheffield – 1st of October, 7 to 9 pm. (Sheffield Central Library)
  • Bradford – 2nd of October, 7 to 9 pm. (Venue tbc)

These events will be open to the public and places will be available for booking on Eventbrite: (Link will be available closer to the dates).

Updates will be posted across our social media platforms (@CBondsStudy on Twitter #ContinuingBonds; Continuing Bonds on Facebook; Creative Dissemination on Instagram #CBCreativeDissemination and Continuing Bonds on Pinterest), or our websites (www.continuingbonds.live )


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