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Off the Grid: Lost and Found in Milton Keynes


Off the Grid: Lost and Found in Milton Keynes

Saturday 18 November / 10.30am - 7pm / Free


The Open University, in partnership with MK Gallery and Milton Keynes Theatre, as part of the Being Human Festival of Humanities.


A day of family activities located in the heart of the city. In the city’s 50th anniversary year, join leading Open University Arts & Social Sciences researchers for Off the Grid: Lost and Found in Milton Keynes to uncover and share its cultural life, including a literary treasure hunt, writing workshop, film, photographs, theatre, music, literary walking tours, and public talks. It’s not just concrete cows and roundabouts: Milton Keynes has a rich cultural history waiting to be rediscovered. 



Lost and found: books and their readers

10.30 - 11.30am / MK Gallery Events Space


Dr Shaf Towheed takes us on an adventure back in time explaining how readers of the past are linked to readers of today. Venture out to uncover lost books on a “treasure trail” reading journey the whole family can take together.



Creative writing at the Gallery

11.30am - 12.15pm, MK Gallery Events Space

A relaxed, no-pressure session for trying your hand at creative writing led by Dr Jane Yeh, using artworks in the Gallery as inspiration for short writing exercises and ‘freewriting’ - fiction, poetry, or in no particular form. Open to participants at any level; just bring some paper, a pen and your imagination.



Migrant families enacting belonging

3.30 - 4pm / MK Gallery Events Space


Dr Umut Erel’s research focuses on care and citizenship among migrant mothers and their co-resident children. In this talk and video piece migrant families show us the meaning of enforced loss and newly found “homes”.



At the Heart of the Nation

4.15 - 5.45pm, Milton Keynes Theatre 


Booking required HERE

Starting with a drinks reception, and followed by a Q&A and informal conversation, through photography and discussion Dr Maya Parmar showcases the influence of South Asians in Britain and their crucial role in the formation of Britain’s cultural, economic, intellectual, political and social life. Find out more



Take a walk with a famous poet

4.15 - 4.45pm / MK Gallery Events Space


Join Professor Nicola Watson to find out more about Jane Austen’s favourite poet William Cowper and why he was living in Olney in Milton Keynes. Discover more about his famous poem The Task and learn why admirers from all across the world came to walk in Cowper’s footsteps. Follow William Cowper’s favourite walk on the map and collect up pieces of his lost masterpiece as you go.



Writing Milton Keynes

6.30-7pm, MK Gallery Events Space


Join novelist and critic Ben Masters for a journey through the Milton Keynes of the imagination. Drawing on his experiences of writing about the town in his fiction and for The Guardian, as well as the responses of other writers from across the decades, he’ll be exploring how Milton Keynes remains enigmatic no matter how well we think we know it.


The Open University

November 2017