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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

The World is Never Quiet

26th January 2018, 19:30 to 21:00, Durham Town Hall

Walk with us through this everyday city and listen in to its everyday voices.” Durham City is the setting for The World is Never Quiet, a new play by David Napthine.

Spend a summer’s day with a cast of characters inspired by visitors to the world’s first major exhibition on voice-hearing – Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday – that took place at Durham University’s Palace Green Library from November 2016 to February 2017.

Drawing on his experience as writer in residence for the exhibition, David provides a compelling insight into what it is like to hear voices, with a play that takes its audience on a journey through the streets of Durham and the lives of its residents.

A rehearsed reading of The World is Never Quiet will be taking place on 26 January 2018. Come to Durham Town Hall at 19:30 for an hour of stories about Durham and its voice-hearers, and help us develop this ground-breaking piece of work by providing feedback in a relaxed session after the event.

All are welcome to this free event, but pre-booking is essential. To reserve your tickets, please visit the eventbrite page.

Refreshments will be provided.

Doors will be open from 19:00. The reading finishes at 20:30, with discussion continuing until 21:00.

The World is Never Quiet has been produced by Mary Robson on behalf of Hearing the Voice. Hearing the Voice is an interdisciplinary project about voice-hearing led by researchers from Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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  • 29th January 2021
  • Title TBC
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Dr Hannah-Rose Murray (University of Edinburgh)