University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of English

The Magic of the Ordinary: Seeing the Humdrum through the Imagination

5th December 2022
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This talk focuses on the process of creative writing, stressing on the fact that to be a creative writer one does not have to go about killing dragons or indulging in acts of unparalleled heroism. Creativity cannot be commanded, coerced, or bought on monetary terms. It is all pervasive and can come down like gentle rain if it finds the right receptacle. So, what should you do to unleash the budding wannabe writer trapped within you? Real life, with its warts and all, is the ideal ground in which to locate your stories and build on them.

Manju Jaidka will talk about her own creative process and published works as a means of discussing the journey of producing creative work. 

5 December 2022, Monday
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 
Venue: F3A12 
             University of Nottingham Campus
             Jalan Broga 43500 Semenyih Selangor

About the speaker: 
Manju Jaidka, now a Senior Professor and Dean at Shoolini University, Solan, HP, is a former Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English at Panjab University, Chandigarh. She is the recipient of several national and international fellowships, including a  Fulbright, and two Rockefeller awards.  

As a speaker and academician, she is much sought after and has made presentations in forums across India and abroad (in universities including Harvard, UPenn, MIT Boston, NYU, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Dartmouth, Honolulu, Concordia, Colchester, Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham, Leicester, London, Madrid, Heidelberg, Graz, Kathmandu, Taipei, Bangladesh, Beijing, Italy, etc.).  

Jaidka has published more than 25 books in her entire career and more than sixty research papers in reputed national and international journals. As a creative writer she has written two collections of poems, a play, and four novels, including Scandal Point (Rupa, 2011), Amaltas Avenue, (Lifi 2014), and Gumshoe Mania (Vishwakarma, 2021). Her non-fiction publication titled The Next Milestone (2017), was commissioned by the WHO, on the management of disability.  

School of English

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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