Talk: 14th April 17:00

Literature and Sexual Trauma: 
Authors Writing Their Lived Experience

You are warmly invited to this special Public Panel Event, the second public event in Winnie M Li’s Writer-in-Residence Programme with The SHaME Project. 

Wednesday 14 April 2021
17.00-18.30 BST

The Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters Project (SHaME) continues its Writer-in-Residence Programme with a free Public Panel Event with poet Shivanee Ramlochan, memoirist Professor Susan J Brison, graphic writer Una, and our Writer In Residence Winnie M Li

This is the second of three public events in the WiR Programme, a collaboration with the survivor-centred arts organisation Clear Lines

In this online discussion, a distinguished panel of award-winning authors will speak about transforming their own lived experiences of sexual violence into different forms of literature. Memoirist and academic Susan J Brison, poet Shivanee Ramlochan, and graphic writer Una will speak with our Writer-in-Residence, novelist Winnie M Li, for an authentic discussion about trauma, writing, and recovery.  

The act of writing has long been a vital means of self-expression when confronting the trauma of sexual violence and abuse. As artists and communicators, perhaps writers are uniquely placed to illuminate the psychological landscape behind this kind of lived experience. But the journey from the raw experience of victimhood to authoring one’s own narrative can be different for each individual. By bringing together a poet, graphic writer, memoirist, and novelist we hope to understand how these various forms of creative writing allowed each survivor to tell their stories of sexual abuse/assault in different ways.

Like all SHaME events in this series, this evening is designed to bring survivors and activists into conversation with interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of sexual violence. Expect a wide-ranging dialogue, followed by an audience Q&A. 

For any questions, please contact SHaME’s Public Engagement Coordinator, Dr Rhea Sookdeosingh at or visit our website to find out more:

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