Presentation Title

"Witness": A Creative Writing Reading

Faculty Mentor

Mary Adler

Start Date

23-11-2019 1:15 PM

End Date

23-11-2019 1:30 PM

Location

Markstein 308

Session

oral 3

Type of Presentation

Creative Writing and Poetry Showcase

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Emma D. Thompson and Mary Adler (Mentor), Department of English

Drawing inspiration from British author, Kate Atkinson, “Witness” is a creative piece about the dysfunctionality of family, life and loss, and the cost of being a witness to history. Caught in a bomb during the Blitz of London, Ruth tumbles through fragments of her apartment, furniture, and her own memories. Throughout the piece, she recounts defining moments of trauma as she watches everything she knows explode around her, including her distant and struggling brother, George. Both siblings were taught from a young age to suffer through life’s hard punches with a stoic and unwavering determination to “set your jaw and get back to work.” At the conclusion of the story, Ruth makes the ultimate choice to stop fighting, tired of enduring the horrors she’s had to face. This choice can only lead to death, where at last Ruth can rest.

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Nov 23rd, 1:15 PM Nov 23rd, 1:30 PM

"Witness": A Creative Writing Reading

Markstein 308

Emma D. Thompson and Mary Adler (Mentor), Department of English

Drawing inspiration from British author, Kate Atkinson, “Witness” is a creative piece about the dysfunctionality of family, life and loss, and the cost of being a witness to history. Caught in a bomb during the Blitz of London, Ruth tumbles through fragments of her apartment, furniture, and her own memories. Throughout the piece, she recounts defining moments of trauma as she watches everything she knows explode around her, including her distant and struggling brother, George. Both siblings were taught from a young age to suffer through life’s hard punches with a stoic and unwavering determination to “set your jaw and get back to work.” At the conclusion of the story, Ruth makes the ultimate choice to stop fighting, tired of enduring the horrors she’s had to face. This choice can only lead to death, where at last Ruth can rest.