Creative writing workshop ~ Seascapes and the arctic ~ Saturday 3rd December 2016

An afternoon of talks and creative writing practice around the collections of the British Museum’s department of Prints and Drawings, led by Forward Prize short-listed poet Nancy Campbell, and Bethan Stevens (University of Sussex).


British Museum, Prints and Drawings study room


Please note: This workshop is now fully booked; please email to be added to the waiting list

The session will include creative writing and discussion focusing on wood engravings from the Dalziel Archive in the British Museum. The Dalziel family were active from 1839 – 1893. They produced the much-loved images for Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, illustrated by John Tenniel, and illustrations for works by Dickens, Christina Rossetti, Anthony Trollope and Hans Christian Andersen.

The workshop will last approximately 2 1/2 hours. During the afternoon, Nancy Campbell will read from her Forward-Prize shortlisted collection Disko Bay, and talk about her residency in Upernavik Museum in Greenland, bringing her work into dialogue with the Dalziels’ images of the ArcticBethan Stevens will talk about wood engraving and illustration, focusing on the Dalziels’ images of seascapes. Together they will facilitate creative writing activities inspired by the British Museum’s collection.

Nancy Campbell is a poet, visual artist and editor of Oxford Poetry. Bethan Stevens is a Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex, and is leading the Dalziel Project.

This workshop is funded by the AHRC, in collaboration with the British Museum and the University of Sussex. Workshop participants will be invited to submit work for publication on our blog.

We will be making an audio recording of the workshop, solely for purposes of reporting on the outcomes of the project (no creative work or personal information will be shared in such reports). Spaces are restricted in the museum, and so we would be very grateful if you would let us know if for any reason you cannot take up a place you have booked.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note: This workshop is now fully booked; please email to be added to the waiting list


Wednesday 21st September 2016

Launch event ~ virtual exhibition ~ Alice to Alice: Dalziel 1865 -1871. With talks by Hannah Field, George Mind, Nicholas Royle, Isabel Seligman, Lindsay Smith and Bethan Stevens. At the University of Sussex, Digital Humanities Lab, and online at

Friday 16th September 20161. Theatricality

Lost Letters: a creative writing workshop on wood engraving and the archive, led by Bethan Stevens. University of Sussex, School of English, 11am-2pm. Extracts from the workshop were selected and read at our exhibition exhibition launch by Isabel Seligman (British Museum).

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Bethan Stevens, ‘Medium and the Archive (Victorian Wood Engravings, for example)’ at BAVS Talks 2016,University of Sussex, .

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Bethan Stevens, ‘The Wood-Engraver’s Self-Portrait: The Dalziel Brothers 1839-1893’ at Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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Editorial team: Bethan Stevens (curator) and George Mind (curatorial assistance and web design). Individual posts authored as stated below each one. All Images By Permission of the Trustees of The British Museum. All Rights Reserved © Sylph Editions, 2016