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#CLiCCreative Lessons from Paterson Joseph on the Writing of History as Performance

What can historical fiction do for today’s society? The award-winning actor Paterson Joseph’s The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho tells the story of Charles Ignatius Sancho writer, composer, respected ‘man of letters’ and the first known Black person to have voted in a British election. As Paterson writes in the opening pages of his … Continue reading “#CLiCCreative Lessons from Paterson Joseph on the Writing of History as Performance”

25 January 2024 by
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Nightwalking by Magic Lantern, Finding Your Inner Flaneur with Charles Dickens

Sauntering through London’s nocturnal neighbourhoods fuelled Charles Dickens’ imagination and provided him with ample material to people his fictional worlds. What can we learn from his immersive exploration of real-world urban landscapes? In the following activities we’ll take a step back in time using the CLiC Web App to journey through Victorian London via Dicken’s oeuvre. … Continue reading “Nightwalking by Magic Lantern, Finding Your Inner Flaneur with Charles Dickens”

24 November 2023 by
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#CLiCCreative Digital Research Resources for Writers of Neo-Victorian Historical Fiction

The research stage of novel writing can be time-consuming and challenging, but is essential if you want to write a believable and immersive historical story. This stage of the writing process doesn’t have to be daunting! Take a break from conventional fact-finding methods, and take a look at these digital resources that can help you … Continue reading “#CLiCCreative Digital Research Resources for Writers of Neo-Victorian Historical Fiction”

28 July 2023 by
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Using CLiC as a Creative Research Tool: Historical Ventriloquism

Ventriloquy is the art of speaking in such a way that one’s voice appears to come from another source. When it comes to writing believable dialogue, writers of historical fiction are a bit like ventriloquists. How can modern writers give the impression that their characters are conversing in the past? What research methods can we … Continue reading “Using CLiC as a Creative Research Tool: Historical Ventriloquism”

23 June 2023 by
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Using CLiC as a Creative Research Tool: Let there be Light

Using light as an example, this blog post demonstrates how the CLiC Web App can be used as an innovative research tool for creative writers of historical fiction. Previous #CLiCCreative posts by Dr Rosalind White are available here. This post is also available as a handout. From foreboding storms and moonlit moorland strolls to jovial fireside … Continue reading “Using CLiC as a Creative Research Tool: Let there be Light”

16 June 2023 by
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Using CLiC as a Creative Research Tool: Checking your Manuscript for Anachronisms

This post, penned by Dr Rosalind White (@DrRosalindWhite), will provide an overview of how our CLiC Web App can be used as an innovative historical research tool to cross-reference or verify historical details. This can help writers save time and energy, as well as quickly immerse them in the particulars of their preferred period. You … Continue reading “Using CLiC as a Creative Research Tool: Checking your Manuscript for Anachronisms”

30 May 2023 by
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Introducing #CLiCCreative, a Digital Resource and Research Tool for Writers

Today we have some exciting news. Professor Michaela Mahlberg (@MichaMahlberg)and Dr Rosalind White (@DrRosalindWhite) will be launching a new project, #CLiCCreative. If this is your first time on our blog, the CLiC Web App facilitates computer-assisted textual analysis of nineteenth-century literature. CLiC-assisted research has revealed recurring textual features of narrative fiction that are easily overlooked … Continue reading “Introducing #CLiCCreative, a Digital Resource and Research Tool for Writers”

19 May 2023 by