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UEA day will mark the best of the Arts

PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:02 02 July 2010

Sarah Brealey

Writers, photographers and artists will come together for a major event showcasing the best of what the University of East Anglia has to offer.

Sarah Brealey

Writers, photographers and artists will come together for a major event showcasing the best of what the University of East Anglia has to offer.

Cosmopolis, which will be a one-day event on June 5 and is planned as the first of an annual series, has grown out of Think Something Different to set up a scholarship fund for arts and humanities at UEA. Money raised by the event will go into the scholarship fund.

Organiser Jon Cook, dean of arts and humanities at UEA, said: “It is a really interesting line-up of people - award-winning journalists, prize-winning writers and novelists, music photographers. The idea is to make it a day that is stimulating and entertaining.

“There will be an opportunity for students from UEA to get involved and also hopefully those from City College and the arts school. It is not an academic conference. We want to attract the kind of people who take part in the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, who come to readings at UEA.”

He said they hoped to sell 500-700 tickets either for single events or the whole day.

There will be sessions on the politics of story-making, involving novelists Giles Foden and Richard T Kelly, with the New Statesman editor Jason Cowley. Novelist, poet, teacher, musician and artist Amit Chaudhuri will be discussing the concept of being a polymath. Music photographer Kevin Cummins, who is famous for his pictures of bands such as The Smiths and Oasis, will tell the inside stories from the Manchester scene.

Other people taking part include Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, an artist whose rows of metal bunk beds filled the Tate Modern's turbine hall in 2008, and Middle Eastern author Etel Adnan.

Producer Judy Counihan, who has written the screenplay for two Bafta award-winning films, No Man's Land and Antonia's Line, will talk with author and Sunday Times correspondent Hala Jaber. There will also be a talk from Geoff Dyer, author of Jeff in Venice: Death in Varanasi, a day-long orchestral marathon of Haydn symphonies outdoors and a barbecue.

The event also includes masterclasses with industry insiders. Judy Counihan and other guests will speak about how to pitch your film. Lee Brackstone, publishing director of Faber & Faber, Derek Johns, director of literary agency, AP Watt, and Kevin Conroy Scott, director of the literary agency Tibor Jones, will run a panel on how to get your fiction published. Austin Wilde, creative director of EMI Publishing, and Alan Edwards, chief executive of the Outside Organisation, will advise on how to get your music heard.

t Tickets are on sale from the UEA box office on 01603 508050 and are £7.50 for main events, £5.50 for masterclasses, £20 for the day (concessions available).

t Are you organising a major event? Contact Evening News reporter Sarah Brealey on 01603 772485 or email sarah.brealey@archant.co.uk.

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